The history of the Consulate General of Ireland in Hong Kong
The Consulate General of Ireland to Hong Kong and Macau had its official opening in the new premises at 33 Des Voeux Road Central on Friday 18th September.
Minister Richard Bruton, Financial Secretary John Tsang, Ambassador of Ireland to the People’s Republic of China - Paul Kavanagh, former Honorary Consul Harry O’Neill and officials from Hong Kong’s Labour Department were the special guests in attendance. Other attendees for this very special occasion were 120 members of the Irish community in Hong Kong along with friends of Ireland from many different sectors including finance, education, law, sport, chambers of commerce, missionaries and many more.
開幕禮的特別嘉賓包括愛爾蘭就業、企業及創新部部長 Richard Bruton、財政司司長曾俊華、愛爾蘭駐華大使Paul Kavanagh、前愛爾蘭名譽領事Harry O’Neill及勞工處官員。其他出席是次盛事的來賓有120名在港的愛爾蘭社群成員，以及來自金融界、教育界、法律界、體育界、商會和教會等各界愛爾蘭友好。
The Government decided in February 2014 to establish a full-time, career diplomatic Consulate General in Hong Kong which also covers the Special Administrative Region of Macau. The Consulate opened in August 2014, and has been working on developing stronger relations with Hong Kong and Macau and providing support to the Irish community here since then. We are also focusing on improving economic and trade links between Ireland in Hong Kong, in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland which has had a presence here for over a decade. .
Prior to August 2014, Ireland was well-represented in Hong Kong by a number of Honorary Consuls. The most recent Honorary Consul, Harry O’Neill, served from 2006 until 2014. 2014