The new United States Ambassador to Ireland has revealed that she is unable to travel to Washington DC for St. Patrick’s Day after testing positive for Covid-19.
Claire D. Cronin, whose grandfather hailed from Inishowen, was sworn in as the new US Ambassador in January 2022.
Ambassador Cronin said she is ‘deeply disappointed’ to miss the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the Capitol.
She was due to attend the in-person meeting between US President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Micheál Martin at the White House on Thursday. She said she was also planning to join the Irish-American festivities with Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, Daniel Mulhall.
Posting her news on Twitter today, Ambassador Cronin added that she was “thankful to be fully vaccinated and I am feeling well”.
The Massachusetts native told The Ryan Tubridy Show last week that she could not wait to research her Inishowen roots during her time in Ireland. Her grandfather on her father’s side, Hugh McLaughlin, hails from the Moville/Greencastle area of the peninsula.