Dan Rooney has been nominated as the ambassador to Ireland
A man whose grandfather left Newry in the 1880s has been appointed as the United States of America's ambassador to the Republic of Ireland.
Daniel Rooney, 78, is the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, which has won the Super Bowl a record six times, including this year.
A co-founder, with Sir Anthony O'Reilly, of the American Ireland Fund in 1976, he was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama.
Despite being a lifelong Republican, Mr Rooney endorsed Mr Obama, a Democrat, during last year's presidential campaign. His appointment has to be confirmed by the US Senate.
His grandfather, also called Daniel, left County Down for America and opened a saloon in Pittsburgh, where the prospective ambassador's father, Art, was born in 1901.
Nominating Mr Rooney for the ambassador post President Obama described him as "an unwavering supporter of Irish peace, culture, and education".
"I have every confidence that he and Secretary Clinton will ensure America's continued close and unique partnership with Ireland in the years ahead," he said.
Mr Rooney is the recent recipient of the American Ireland Fund's Lifetime Achievement Award and honorary Commander of the British Empire for contributions to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.