Cathaoirleach Of Kerry County Council On Visit To US Cities

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Cllr Niall Kelleher.

THE Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council has begun a visit to the United States as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Cllr Niall Kelleher will promote the county and meet with US agencies, politicians and officials during a number of meetings and events in Chicago and New York.

Cllr Kelleher will hold meetings on Thursday with Mr Paul Veale, Territory Director of the IDA and other senior IDA officials at their officers in Chicago and will also visit the Irish American Heritage Centre in the city. He is also scheduled to meet members of the Chicago Rose of Tralee Committee.

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On Friday, the Cathaoirleach will hold meetings with the Irish American Partnership and will be part of a high-level presentation on Kerry tourism at an event hosted by Tourism Ireland for the Chicago Trade and Travel Press.

He will also be a guest at a St Patrick’s Day reception hosted by the Irish Fellowship Club in Chicago and will participate in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in the city on Saturday.

In New York, Cllr Kelleher will visit the 9/11 Memorial and meet New York firefighters of Kerry descent.

On Tuesday, he will join Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio at the Gracie Mansion for the annual St Patrick’s Day Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral and will walk with the Kerry Patriotic and Benevolent Association in the parade on Fifth Avenue.

“This is a very important opportunity to represent and promote Kerry at a series of engagements,” said Cllr Kelleher.

“Every St Patrick’s Day, there is an unparalleled focus on Ireland across the US and it is essential that Kerry make its voice heard during this important period. As we face into what may well be a challenging period for tourism and the economy in the wake of coronavirus it is more important than ever that we promote and market the county abroad. 40 percent of overseas visitors to Kerry are from the United States so maintaining links with that market is critical.”

Cllr Kelleher will also be involved in a number of other informal engagements and meetings with Irish-American groups, business leaders and politicians. He is accompanied in the United States by the Kerry County Council Tourism Officer, Mr John Griffin.

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  1. Mairead Ní Mhaoláin says:

    He will also promote Corona virus either on his outbound or inbound excursions. It is absolutely ridiculous that these two bit politicians are travelling with no consideration for public health either at home or abroad.