Brian McGlinchey, a government affairs professional, will be appointed as Ireland's first Honorary Consul to the US state of Delaware in a ceremony later today.

The event, which will be held in Wilmington, will be attended by the Irish Ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall, who will present Mr McGlinchey with the official Irish flag and escutcheon, an ornamental shield bearing an image of the harp.

The decision to appoint an Honorary Consul to Delaware is a recognition of the state's vibrant Irish community and the growing political, business and cultural links between Ireland and Delaware.

More than 14% of Delaware’s inhabitants claim Irish heritage, but that number rises to more than 45% among New Castle County’s 180,000 residents.

Brian McGlinchey was prominently involved in the 'Joe Biden for President’ campaign and is currently a senior advisor at law firm McCarter & English.

"As the proud son of an immigrant, and citizen of Ireland, I am humbled by this appointment," Mr McGlinchey said.

"The consular responsibilities are significant and I'm grateful for the Irish government’s confidence in me to perform them."

Once opened, the Honorary Consul’s office in Wilmington will support Ireland’s Embassy in Washington and Consulate General in New York in facilitating business and official visits from Ireland, providing information on Ireland and consular guidance and assistance to Irish citizens in Delaware.

Ambassador Dan Mulhall said that the contribution made by Honorary Consuls around the world is a vital part of Ireland’s diplomatic engagement.

"Brian McGlinchey's appointment highlights the great potential we see to deepen and broaden our engagement in Delaware," Ambassador Mulhall said.