BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Sep 3, 2015) - Investment Objective: The New Ireland Fund, Inc., (NYSE: IRL) a closed-end diversified investment company, seeks long-term capital appreciation through investment of at least 80% of its assets in a portfolio of Irish equity and fixed income securities. The Fund is designed for U.S. and other investors who wish to participate in the Irish securities markets.

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Michael Pignataro has been appointed as a Director, effective August 17, 2015. In addition, effective August 1, 2015, Margaret Duffy has succeeded Peter Hooper as Chair of the Board. Peter continues to serve as a Director.

The New Ireland Fund, Inc.
Ticker Symbol: IRL (BYSE)
  Total Return   3 months   Fiscal YTD   12 months   3 years*
  Net Asset Value   7.85%   23.74%   18.67%   28.51%
    Market Price   5.91%   20.78%   15.58%   27.36%
Benchmarks   ISEQ Index (US$)   6.64%   22.96%   18.53%   25.35%
    MSCI All Ireland Capped Index   6.37%   25.91%   21.94%   27.38%
    *Periods over 1 year are annualized
    Common Stock 98.40%
Total Net Assets $82.9 Million   Ireland 94.48%
Net Asset Value Per Share: $16.46   France 3.92%
NYSE Closing Market Price: $13.89    
Discount of Market Price to NAV: (15.61)%    
Shares Outstanding: 5,035,192 Other 1.60%
    Total Net Assets 100.00%
Top 10 Industries and Issuers as of July 31, 2015
  Industry % of Net Assets     Issue % of Net Assets
1 Transportation 27.38   1 Ryanair Holdings PLC 25.15%
2 Construction & Building Materials 25.21   2 CRH PLC 15.32%
3 Food & Beverages 10.76   3 Kerry Group PLC, Series A 7.21%
4 Financial 8.20   4 Bank of Ireland (The) 4.85%
5 Other Assets 8.14   5 Kingspan Group PLC 4.69%
6 Leisure & Hotels 6.27   6 Paddy Power PLC 4.60%
7 Forest Products & Paper 4.05   7 Smurfit Kappa Group PLC 4.05%
8 Retail 3.76   8 Cie de St-Gobain 3.92%
9 Industrials 3.27   9 Applegreen PLC 3.76%
10 Food & Agriculture 2.96   10 Aryzta AG 2.96%

Fund specific data and performance are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended for trading purposes. The performance shown represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance information shown. Fund returns are annualized for periods longer than one year. Fund returns do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares. Fund returns assume that dividends and capital gains distributions, if any, were reinvested.

  • Net asset value (NAV) is total assets less total liabilities divided by the number of shares outstanding.
  • Market Price is the price at which the Fund's shares are traded on an exchange. Because closed-end fund shares trade on an exchange based on investor demand, the Fund's shares may trade at a price higher or lower than the Fund's NAV. Consequently, a shareholder may be unable to realize the full NAV of the shareholder's shares when the shares are sold.

An investment in the Fund's shares represents an indirect investment in the securities owned by the Fund. The value of these securities, like other market investments, may move up or down, sometimes unpredictably. At any point in time, Fund shares may be worth less than a shareholder's original investment, even after taking into account the reinvestment of Fund dividends and/or distributions.

An investment in the Fund is subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of the entire principal amount invested in the Fund. The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and focuses its investments in a single country, thereby increasing its vulnerability to developments in that country. Investing in foreign securities presents certain risks not associated with domestic investments, such as currency fluctuation and political and economic changes and market risks. This may result in greater share volatility.

Fund shares are not FDIC-insured and are not deposits or other obligations of, or guaranteed by, any bank.

The Fund is managed by Kleinwort Benson Investors International Ltd., a subsidiary of Kleinwort Benson Investors Dublin Ltd., and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol - IRL. For further information, please contact the Fund at (800) 468-6475 or


Contact Information:

The New Ireland Fund, Inc.
(800) 468-6475