Last week I visited North Carolina, Washington and New York.� It was an extremely busy schedule with almost fifty meetings and events and the focus was on the creative industries, culture and art.

We started in Raleigh, which is the capital of North Carolina, and I was interested to see outside the old Capitol building a magnificent bronze statue depicting the three American presidents associated with the state – Andrew Jackson, James Knox Polk and Andrew Johnson.� All three had links to Ulster and this illustrates the strong Scotch-Irish influence in the state.