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Friday, January 11, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thanks Ambassador Dan Rooney and Wife Patricia for their Service in Ireland

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week thanked US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney and his wife Patricia for their service in a ceremony at the State Department.

Mr. Rooney served as Ambassador to Ireland from July 2009 to December 2012, when he and his wife returned to their home in Pittsburgh. 

Speaking from the Diplomatic Reception Room, Secretary Clinton called Rooney "a dream ambassador" who "performed this job with enormous integrity and warmth and good humor."  She also commended Patricia Rooney "who has been a fabulous support and great person in reaching out to the Irish on her own behalf alongside Dan."

Ambassador Rooney in turn called Secretary Clinton "a remarkable leader...with amazing stamina and commitment."

You can read the full text of the ceremony here.

Secretary Clinton presented the Rooneys, who where accompanied by their granddaughter Sarah, with two flags, the Chief of Mission flag, and the flag of the United States.  Mrs. Clinton called the gifts "a small token of your very successful tenure in Ireland."

Ambassador Rooney presented Secretary Clinton with an official Pittsburgh Steelers football.

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