Cathaoirleach welcomes Korean Ambassador to County Hall

Cathaoirleach welcomes Korean Ambassador to County Hall

Cathaoirleach, Councillor Gerard Mullaney, welcomed the Republic of Korea Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Ambassador Mr. Yong-kil Kim, to County Hall recently.

Also in attendance were Deputy Chief Executive, Dorothy Clarke, Councillors Arthur Gibbons and Marie Casserly, Director of Services John Moran and Jim Molloy. 

The Cathaoirleach said It is an honour to welcome His Excellency Ambassador Mr. Yong-kil Kim to County Hall.

Multicultural community

Only a few decades ago, Ireland could have been considered a relatively insular society with only modest engagement with other countries.  Ireland is now a proudly multicultural community, one that embraces inclusion and celebrates diversity.

Shared appreciation

Sligo, with its rugged coastlines, majestic mountains, and vibrant arts scene, has long been a source of inspiration for artists, poets, and musicians.  Just like the breathtaking beauty of Sligo, the relationship between Korea and Ireland is built on a shared appreciation for culture, creativity, and innovation.

Unique connection

Today, we celebrate the unique connection between Sligo and Korea.  We recognise the immense potential for collaboration and the opportunities that lie ahead.  Sligo's thriving industries in sectors such as agri-food, tourism, and renewable energy align closely with Korea's expertise and interests.  Our shared commitment to sustainable development and environmental stewardship creates a solid foundation for fruitful partnerships.

Cultural exchanges

Beyond the realm of commerce, cultural exchanges have enriched our understanding of each other's traditions, arts, and heritage.  From the vibrant colours of traditional Korean Hanbok to the soulful melodies of Irish music, our cultures have found common ground, inspiring creativity and forging lasting friendships.

Diplomatic relations

2023 is the 40th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Korea.  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Government Ministers Coveney, McConalogue and Harris travelled to Korea for a Team Ireland Trade Mission Week earlier this month.  The Taoiseach met with President Yoon, during the visit, in the hope of opening up new trade, investment and education links with Korea.

Trade and investment

The Korean Embassy plays a very positive role in working alongside our state agencies to promote inward trade and investment.  They have supported Irish companies in trying to identify new markets, and they assist companies with their network of business contacts.  Both the IDA and Enterprise Ireland have offices in Korea, with the Ambassador directly overseeing the local market team.

Mutual understanding

As we look to the future, there is no doubt that the relationship between Ireland and Korea will continue to grow from strength to strength.  We must seize the opportunities that lie before us and explore untapped potential in various sectors.  By nurturing our mutual understanding and deepening our engagement, we can unlock new avenues for collaboration and create a better future for our peoples.

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