Reportage: Irish Green on Des Voeux Road

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The Irish finally have their formal Consulate office in Hong Kong – and they know where to pick the venue.

Photo: Irish CG Peter Ryan (left), Minister Richard Bruton, FS John Tsang, Ambassador Paul Kavanagh, and IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan. (taken by Andrew Work)


Joined by Irish Consul General to Hong Kong Mr Peter Ryan and Irish Ambassador to China Mr Paul Kavanagh, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mr Richard Bruton formally inaugurate the new Consulate on Des Voeux Road, named after a truly global Irishman and part of Hong Kong history – the 10th Governor of Hong Kong (1887–1891) Sir George William Des Vœux.

An Ireland-Hong Kong Working Holiday Scheme was also signed at the inauguration event.

Lion Dance team from St Patrick's School, Kowloon
Lion Dance team from St Patrick’s School, Kowloon

Addressing guests, including the Guest of Honour, Financial Secretary John Tsang, Minister Bruton said, “We look forward to many future visits at the political level and also enhanced co-operation in areas of mutual interest including financial services, technology, investment, tourism and food and beverage exports.”

“It is my hope that the Consulate will help to enhance further the already excellent links between Hong Kong and Ireland in the areas of business, education and culture.” Tsang said.

Governor Des Voeux’s ancestor Marin de Bacquencourt Des Vœux, a French, settled in nowadays County Laois, Ireland. He was born in Baden-Baden, Germany, and received education in England and Toronto. He served for the British Crown as Governor of Fiji (1880–1885) and Governor of Newfoundland (1886–1887) before assuming his post in Hong Kong.