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Rhode Island Trade Mission hosted by US Charge D’Affaires in Dublin

1st October 2017 - 2:30pm

Reece Smyth (US Charge d'Affaires) Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz)

Reece Smyth (US Charge d'Affaires) Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz)

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) attended the residence of Mr Reece Smyth, Charges D’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America to celebrate the visit of Rhode Island Trade Mission to Dublin. A very elegant affair in the delightful residence of the Charge d’Affaires was the scene for approx 25 members of the Trade delegation to network and perhaps relax with some of Dublin’s top business personnel. Just back from training sessions and sales meetings in Cork and Galway with Ireland’s blue chip companies, the Trade delegates mingled with Tourism chiefs, IT companies and Marine Technologists. Mr Reece Smyth assures us that our little island of Ireland punches way above its weight and the Trade delegates from Rhode Island were in full agreement and were mightily impressed with the openness of our businesses and how we are so willing to share information and so eager to be cooperative.


Mr Reece Smyth, the acting US Ambassador who modestly referred to himself as simply “filling the chair temporarily” was generous in his hospitality and with his time. He welcomed the Rhode Island Trade Mission and confirmed a great relationship forging between the Emerald Isle and the Ocean State. Everyone was excited (with the possible exception of Michael O’Leary!) about the new links with Norwegian Air from Shannon to Providence and both Kathy Therleau and Hope Hopkins spoke fervently of our future partnerships. Mr Reece Smyth sees the intertwining of our ancestral values with our economic, cultural and political ties to be crucial in the future. This was a very positive and optimistic outlook in an evening of important networking in fine surroundings.

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Reece Smyth (US Charge d'Affaires) Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz)
Tim Forsyth (Political & Economic Chief US Embassy) Finola Cunningham (US Embassy) Barry O'Dowd (IDA Ireland) Reece Smyth (US Charge D'Affaires)
Tom Murphy (Mayor of Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown) Finola Cunningham (US Embassy) Wessel Badenhorst (Sandyford BID Co) Ronan Treacy (Irish Exporters Association)
Fergus O'Dea (NDRC) Daryl Hanberry (Deloitte)
Reece Smyth (US Charge D'Affaires) Padraic Mc Elwee (Head of Enterprise - Clare)
Tim Forsyth (Economic & Political Chief US Embassy) Maureen Ledwith (Travel Extra)
Tony Lane (Visit USA Executive Director) Mark Brodeur (Rhode Island Director of Tourism)
Scott Gibbs and Mark Huang (both Rhode Island Trade Mission)
Diane Patefield (Rhode Island Trade Mission) Tim Lucey (Cork County Council) Louise Bishop (Rhode Island Trade Mission)

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