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.
Paisley Unlikely For U.S. Trip
IT looks like the Reverend Ian Paisley will not be making the trip to America at the end of the month to accompany Martin McGuinness to the Northern Ireland exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington.
There were hopes that Paisley and McGuinness, who have been getting on well, would make the historic trip together and give a much needed boost to Northern Ireland in the American media as they make a compelling story line.
However, at age 82 Paisley is slow on his feet and quite recently recovered from a serious illness, so it is highly unlikely that he will make the trip.
The North's Finance Minister Peter Robinson is expected to make the journey in his place. It will be the first time that Americans will have a chance to evaluate the new partnership between Sinn Fein and the Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party, which stunned so many people when it was originally announced.
Despite the historic nature of the deal it has been quite hard to get the American media to focus on what has happened in Northern Ireland.
Indeed, it has become a source of frustration that what was really a ground breaking event has received little or no notice over here. No doubt McGuinness and Robinson will be trying to change that when they get here, or does it just prove that good news doesn't sell?