Irish and Irish American businesspeople, civic leaders, entrepreneurs and digital media innovators at the recent Tangible Ireland meeting in New York invoked the power of social media, the social web, internet content and online communities as vital tools in reenergizing the Irish economy.

Event organizer and founder of Tangible Ireland (www.tangibleireland.com), Raymond Sexton, an engineering and management professional, set the media tone by titling the program “Start Spreading the News.” He opened with the tale of the Fremantle Escape, in which a Clan Na Gael group in Maryland in 1876 was able to engineer the dramatic escape of six Irish political prisoners from a British prison in Australia; a complex global operation, successfully organized and executed at a time when “it took months to exchange data, not like today with our almost instantaneous digital communications,” as Sexton noted, leaving the implication that if the Irish could organize that then, think of what they could do with email and Twitter now.

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