The Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta has announced that John Young, has been appointed as Ireland’s first honorary consul for the state of North Carolina.

Dr. Young, a native of Northern Ireland, is the founder and chairman of the McLaughlin Young Group and a frequent lecturer globally on leadership and human capital management topics.

He is the author of “The Five Essential Leadership Questions: Living with Passion, Leading Through Trust.”

According to the consulate, Dr. Young has been a leading member of the Irish community in Charlotte, having helped found the Irish Society of Charlotte in 1986 and serving as its president.

Paul Gleeson, Ireland’s consul general of the Southeast U.S., said in a news release that Dr. Young’s appointment “helps to solidify and grow our collaborations with a state rightly recognized as at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation in areas like technology and new media.”

Mr. Gleeson said that Ireland also considered these as priority sectors. “There is no doubt our economic recovery can be enhanced by deepening collaboration with North Carolina’s entrepreneurs, businesses and institutes of higher education.”

Dr. Young was born in Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland and emigrated to the United States in 1971. He has lived in North Carolina for 30 years.

In Feburary the Irish government opened a consulate general in Austin, Texas. In 2013, the government appointed an honorary consul in Orlando, Fla. The Atlanta consulate general opened in 2010, its first in the U.S. in more than 70 years.

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