Yesterday, the Irish Embassy hosted a farewell lunch for outgoing Ambassador Dr Vincent O’Neill.
The popular balozi was presented with a piece of specially commissioned artwork as a memento of his time in Kenya, created by freelance, self taught, digital artist Louis Alosa.
Dr O’Neill has been in post in Kenya since 2014, when he became the first resident Irish Ambassador in Kenya in 26 years after Ireland closed its doors in 1998 during the financial crisis that hit the world.
Since the re-opening of the Embassy in Nairobi the focus of Dr O’Neill’s work has been on deepening bilateral relations with the Kenyan Government, promoting Ireland and strengthening the visibility of Irelands presence in the country, engaging with and providing consular services to the resident Irish community, strengthening economic and cultural ties between Ireland and Kenya and providing financial and technical support for development cooperation activities.
During his tenure as Ambassador, Dr O’Neill has also ensured the embassy works in close collaboration with the Kenya Irish Society, the Business Ireland Kenya network and with the local Enterprise Ireland Office.