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THE setting was magnificent last Friday evening, Slane Castle, about 30 miles from Dublin in the heartland of Co. Meath. The occasion was a celebration for Don Keough, former president of Coca-Cola and Ireland's newest citizen.
Keough is also a huge figure in Irish America who has created the Keough/Naughton Institute of Irish Studies at Notre Dame and has been very active in many Irish activities as well as a key member of the Irish government's Economic Advisory Board.
It was wonderful occasion to witness the respect that Keough has earned from Ireland's business and political elite. He helped create the Celtic Tiger by putting Coca-Cola's major European plant in Drogheda, not five miles from Slane Castle, and he has been an ever present advisor to Irish business since.
There was a reception beforehand at Naughton's magnificent private home at nearby Stackallen, where the art collection alone runs into the millions.
All in all an overdue but very welcome recognition by the Irish government and business leaders of the exceptional role played by one man in furthering Irish and American relations.