The newly appointed Irish Consul General, the Honorable Paul Gleeson,  met with AOH and LAOH representatives from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia

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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

     Saturday 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. 
     The day 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. 
     A 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.