2018 Grand Marshal


Former Ambassador from
Ireland to the United States

Ambassador Anne Anderson was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary. Her father was from Tipperary and her mother from Limerick. As a child, she later lived in Kilkenny, then Portane, County Dublin. Anne earned a B.A. in History and Politics from University College Dublin and a Diploma in Legal Studies from King’s Inns. She was Ireland’s first female representative in many of her postings, including Irish Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and the European Union in Brussels, where she was named Diplomat of the Year by European Voice in 2004. She was made Ambassador to France in 2005, and was Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, prior to her service as Ambassador to the United States from 2013 to 2017. Her interest during her term in Washington included attention to U.S. immigration reform and its potential for Irish and other immigrants to achieve legal status, and building Ireland’s cultural identity in the U.S.