Welcome to the website of the Consulate General of Ireland in Los Angeles, an Ard-Chonsulacht na hÉireann i gCathair na nAingeal. Ireland has been represented in California since 1933, and our relationships in this part of the United States are deep and well established. The Consulate here in Los Angeles was officially opened by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, on 26 September 2019. We are proud to represent Ireland in Southern California, and in the neighbouring states of Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Hawaii.
Our aim is to build on the links between Ireland and this region in a range of areas, working with our vibrant Irish community and local partners. We also work closely with the State Agencies – Screen Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Industrial Development Authority and Tourism Ireland. Los Angeles is a world leading capital when it comes to entertainment and the Consulate has a particular focus on the creative industries, showcasing Ireland’s talented performers, writers, musicians, technology experts and other creators. Our rich culture is also at the heart of our work, and we look forward to bringing the best of Irish traditional and contemporary arts to Southern California and the Pacific Southwest.
Marcella Smyth is Ireland's Consul General to the South Western United States. Prior to this role, Ms. Smyth served as Deputy Director for International Security Policy in Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs, working on UN Security Council issues such as UN peacekeeping, and protection of civilians. Previously, Ms. Smyth was posted to Ireland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union where she served as press spokesperson. Ms. Smyth previously served in Ireland’s Embassy to Belgium as Deputy Head of Mission and then as Chargé d’Affaires. Ms. Smyth’s work within the Department of Foreign Affairs has also seen in her in the roles of Deputy Director, Programme Countries, Development Cooperation Division, and as Deputy Head of Mission to Ireland’s Embassy to Canada. Ms. Smyth has also previously combined this work with her role as lecturer on social policy in the Institute of Public Administration.
Ms. Smyth holds a BA in social science as well as a Masters in Social Policy and a Masters in Strategic Studies.