LISTEN: Irish Ambassador to US congratulates Longford businessman following shop visit near Washington DC

The Irish Ambassador to the United States of America has publicly congratulated a Longford businessman in the US, following a visit to his shop near Washington DC.

Irish Eyes shop in Fredericksburg in the State of Virginia stocks Irish food and traditional goods and was noticed by Ambassador Daniel Mullhall on a trip to the city this week.

Mike Esler, who left Longford in the 70s, has been part of the running of the shop with his wife Bernadette for the last 20 years, with the shop itself in its 33rd year.

Following some purchases, including some well known Irish crisps and chocolates, the Ambassador tweeted to publicly thank the shop and to congratulate the Longford man on his success.

The South Longford native says that the shop has been inundated with messages and well wishes since Ambassador Mullhall’s tweet.

Mike spoke to our reporter Daniel Considine: