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Plaque unveiled to honour Northern Ireland's first US Consul

By Angela Rainey

Published 28/05/2016

The plaque
The plaque

A blue plaque has been erected in honour of the first US Consul James Holmes to celebrate two centuries of Irish-American connections.

Dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Arder Carson, current US Consul General Daniel J Lawton and members of the Ulster History Circle attended the unveiling outside McHugh's Bar in Belfast yesterday.

James Holmes was a merchant born in the city in 1753 when it was known as the 'Port of Belfast'.

He became well-known for his exportation of linen and became the first Consul to be based here on America's behalf.

The current US Consul, Mr Lawton, said the plaque represented not just the memory of James Holmes but the transatlantic relationship Northern Ireland and the US has enjoyed for over two centuries.

"We are celebrating 220 years since the appointment of the first US Consul in the Port of Belfast and 220 years which have been mutually beneficial," he said.

Lord Mayor Arder Carson, US Consul General Daniel Lawton and Chris Spurr of the Ulster History Circle at the unveiling of the blue plaque yesterday
Lord Mayor Arder Carson, US Consul General Daniel Lawton and Chris Spurr of the Ulster History Circle at the unveiling of the blue plaque yesterday

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