The newly appointed Irish Consul General, the Honorable Paul
Gleeson, met with AOH and LAOH representatives from South Carolina, North
Carolina and Georgia
|Left to right: Brian Donahue, County Board
Chairman, Charlotte, NC; Judge James McKay, AOH National Treasurer; Paul
Gleeson, Consul General; Jim Lawracy, President St. Columba Division,
Columbia, SC; Len Bryne, South Carolina AOH State Board President;
Ginger Frederick, South Carolina LAOH State President; Joe Dougherty and
Raphe O'Geaney, Past South Carolina State Presidents
night, November 6, 2010, the AOH and LAOH gathered to welcome the Honorable Paul Gleeson, Consul General to the Southeast United
States. Mr. Gleeson is the first Consul General of Ireland's new
consulate in Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta office is the first Consulate opened in the US by Ireland since 1936.
Brothers and sisters
of the AOH, LAOH, and friends in the Irish community from the three states,
gathered from as far away as Charlotte, Augusta, Myrtle Beach and Greenville
to toast the new Consul General. AOH National Treasurer, Judge James
McKay from New Orleans, LA, and Ciaran Staunton, head of the Irish Lobby for
Immigration Reform, also joined in in the welcome. Supporters from the
local business community and members of the local press were also there.
started out with a tour of the Columbia Canal and Columbia's Irish Memorial
to the Irishmen who were brought here as slaves in 1820 to build the Canal.
This was followed by a tour of the Confederate Relic Room at the State Museum
presented by Brother Tom Elmore, an author who writes about the Irish
participation on the Confederate side during the Civil War. At the
dinner, which followed mass at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Tom presented the
Consul General with a replica Irish infantry battle flag from the Civil War.
good time was had by all as brother and sister Hibernians helped the
Consul General get to know the Irish community in three of the southeastern states.