Argentinian ambassador receives warm welcome at town council

Frank Pentony Town Clerk Cllr Eamon O Boyle  Chaoirleach Dundalk Town Council Paddy Matthews President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce  Silvia Merega Ambassador of the the Argentine Republic  with her staff members and Cllr,s  of Dundalk Town Council at the meeting in the Town Hall
The Argentian ambassador received a warm welcome from members of Dundalk Town Council on Thursday.

The Argentian ambassador received a warm welcome from members of Dundalk Town Council on Thursday.

Ambassador Silvia Merega said that she was delighted and very interested to visit Dundalk.

Ms Merega was accompanied by two attachees with expertise in trade and c ommerce; and they were all met by Cllr Conor Keelan, Cllr Sean Bellew, Cllr Jim Ryan, Cllr Oliver Morgan and Chairperson of the Town Council Cllr Eamon O’Boyle.

Paddy Matthews of Matthews Coaches was present and representing Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, while Michael McCabe, Economic Development Officer for Louth Local Authorities was also present.

Cllr O’Boyle wished the group a warm welcome saying that he was hoping the meeting could faciliate links between Ireland and Argentina, and possibly between Dundalk and Argentina.

“In conclusion, may I wish you an enjoyable and productive visit to Dundalk and that in your time as Argentine Ambassador you will continue to hold our Town and its people in high regard.”

Addressing the room. Ms Merega said that while she was only a few months in office, she was hoping to build on the already strong links between the two countries.

Ms Morega said that many were not aware of the cultural links between the countries and there were some 500,000 Argentine’s that claimed Irish descent, and that there were even numerous hurling and GAA clubs operating in the country.

One of Ms Merega attachees expanded on the already existing trade links between the countries.

Both the Kerry Group and Smurfit Kappa have operations in Argentina, with the Kerry Group producing and selling Irish butter to South America through a factory there.

Medical devices made in Ireland are also exported to the South American country.

On the Argentine side they export both farm equipment and of course Argentinian wine to Ireland. 
For the most part the councillors who spoke related to the football players that emininented from the famous footballing nation.

Cllr Sean Bellew was particular effusive about both the countries beauty and its football stadia.

He said that he had visited Buenos Aires just the year before and that he had taken in several football matches, though he did not manage to make it to any rugby matches.

Cllr Bellew said it was exceptionally beautiful city and that hope visit again to sample the wine and to take a famous bus trip of the Andes from Chile to Mendoza.

Cllr Jim Ryan also alluded to a number of notable Argentine footballers, including the famous Maradonna who might only be supassed by Brazilian legend Pelé.

Ms Merega was then asked to sign the visitors book, before she was presented with the Historic Town’s Atlas of Dundalk and a paper weight by Cllr O’Boyle.