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Consulate Corner

Kevin Byrne was appointed Consul General of Ireland to Chicago in September 2020. He is Ireland’s 23rd Consul General to Chicago and the Midwest USA.

Dear friends,

The Consulate is delighted to have the opportunity to engage with Ireland Network Chicago members through this new feature. We look forward to hearing from you on any questions you may have or particular topics you would like more information about. For this first segment, we want to let you know about some ongoing projects of ours and new developments in relation to our services.

If Walls Could Talk

The Consulate recently launched a new design series called “If Walls Could Talk”. The series is based on a simple question: if the walls of our Consulate office could talk what would they say about Ireland, about our values, and about our Diaspora here in the US? On Wednesdays over the next number of months, we will share new pieces of art and items of Irish craft and design on our walls and shelves across our social media. Through these works, we hope to portray the strength of the ties between Ireland and the Midwest, celebrate the contributions of our Diaspora, and show the beauty and creativity of Irish craftspeople and artists.

As part of this project, we recently commissioned a portrait of Mary Harris, Mother Jones. Mother Jones was a Cork immigrant who played a vital role in the fight for labour rights in the United States. On May 1st we launched the portrait with a panel of guests who spoke of the impact Mother Jones has had and continues to have on their lives today. You can watch the event back here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlJzImeAv6g

Travel to Ireland

A government advisory remains in place against all non-essential international travel. Mandatory Hotel Quarantine requirements are now in place for all persons who have been in a designated state in the 14-days prior to entering Ireland.  The USA was added to the designated state list on April 9, 2021. There are a limited number of exceptions to the requirement for Mandatory Hotel Quarantine, including for those who are fully vaccinated.

All passengers arriving into Ireland are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. All passengers are also required to have a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test (only this kind of test is acceptable) taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.

Further information is available on our website https://www.dfa.ie/irish-consulate/chicago/news-and-events/news-archive/covid-19-update.html and the Government of Ireland website https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b4020-travelling-to-ireland-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

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