Kerry’s Cathaoirleach begins a trip to the United States today as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Cllr Niall Kelleher will promote Kerry and meet with US agencies, politicians and officials during a number of meetings and events in Chicago and New York.
He’s accompanied on the trip by the Kerry County Council Tourism Officer, John Griffin.
Kerry Cathaoirleach Niall Kelleher will hold meetings tomorrow with Paul Veale, Territory Director of the IDA and other senior IDA officials at their officers in Chicago.
He’ll also visit the Irish American Heritage Centre in the city, and will meet members of the Chicago Rose of Tralee Committee.
On Friday, the Cathaoirleach will hold meetings with the Irish American Partnership and will be part of a presentation on Kerry tourism at an event hosted by Tourism Ireland for the Chicago trade and travel press.
He’ll also be a guest at a St Patrick’s Day reception hosted by the Irish Fellowship Club in Chicago and will take part in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in the city on Saturday.
On Monday in New York, Cllr Kelleher will visit the 9/11 Memorial and meet New York firefighters of Kerry descent.
On Tuesday, he’ll 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.