Last week, Representative Joe McGonagle toured the Irish ship L.É. James Joyce with House colleagues who are also members of the Irish-American Caucus. (L.É. stands for Long Éireannach, “Irish Ship” in the Irish language.) L.É. James Joyce was docked at Fan Pier Boulevard from September 10-15, hosting various government groups as well as offering tours to the public. McGonagle and his colleagues met with various Irish officials, including the newly named Irish Ambassador to the United States, Geraldine Byrne Nason, Consul General Dr. Laoise Moore and the ship’s Captain, Donnchadh Cahalane.
McGonagle and his colleagues boarded the ship and met with various Irish officials and the ship’s crew over traditional Irish light fare. Ambassador Byrne Nason came to the event in her first 10 days on the job, delighted to meet with the House delegation and establish a working relationship with the Massachusetts Legislature early on in her tenure. Ambassador Byrne Nason, McGonagle and the other officials discussed many important topics, such as Brexit, Irish-U.S. immigration and international education.
“I had a fantastic visit with Ambassador Byrne Nason, Dr. Moore and the crew of the L.E. James Joyce,” said McGonagle. “We received a warm welcome which invited great conversation and meaningful connections. I was thrilled to discuss some very relevant topics with the officials and my colleagues, as well as being able to reminisce on my own trips to Ireland. I believe we have created a strong partnership that will continue far into the future and I look forward to working with this group again. With our former colleague Claire Cronin as the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, I believe we are poised to accomplish great things together.”
The L.É. James Joyce hosted various groups during their stay in Boston and left for Portland, Maine, on September 15 before continuing on to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and back to Ireland.