Flag raised in San Jose City Hall in honor of Silicon Valley-Ireland connection – NBC Bay Area


This 12 months marks the one hundredth anniversary of official diplomatic relations between the United States and Ireland.

It’s turn into an essential cultural and enterprise connection, with Silicon Valley enjoying a key position.

There was a conventional ceremony at San Jose City Hall Tuesday, typically seen as routine amongst governments. But the flag elevating symbolized a lot extra in regards to the relationship between San Jose, Silicon Valley, and the Irish.

“We have an awful lot to learn from San Jose. We have ‘Silicon Docks’ so most of the EU headquarters of the big tech companies are located in Dublin,” stated Dublin Lord Mayor Daithi de Roiste. “Ireland being the only English-speaking country of the European Union, we provide that platform into Europe.”

“Ireland has emerged as a tech hub in Western Europe, just as San Jose is the capitol of Silicon Valley and so we see a growing amount of economic exchange,” stated Mayor Matt Mahan. “We see talent flow both ways. Even our universities have a partnership.”

The San Jose mayor who began the sister metropolis connection is Tom McEnery — a proud Irish American who factors out the person who ought to get a lot of the credit score is Irish political chief John Hume. 

Hume gained a Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent civil rights motion in the 60s, and was a frequent customer to San Jose. 

So a lot so, McEnery wrote the intro to Hume’s e-book “A New Ireland.”

“He had great involvement with San Jose in economic development. The ‘Seagate’ company went over there and provided jobs to people who had never had jobs before,” stated McEnery.

And the connection isn’t all enterprise. The Irish delegation is assembly with some of San Jose’s prime inventive teams to assist Dublin increase its cultural scene.

“We have got Symphony San Jose, Opera San Jose, San Jose Stage, San Jose Jazz and San Jose Museum of Art, and we’re meeting tomorrow at the Hammer Theater,” stated Pam Kelly, president of the San Jose Dublin Sister City Program.

The San Jose-Dublin connection might be seen in a pair of upcoming native occasions.

The greatest fundraiser for the sister metropolis program would be the Shamrock 5K and 10K Run which can happen March 16 — the day earlier than everybody’s Irish vacation Saint Patrick’s Day.


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