Burns has links to the greatest of Irish American dynasties
The man who will represent Republican Donald Trump in Ireland is the son of an adviser to Joe Kennedy - father of JFK and the Democratic Party's greatest Irish American dynasty.
Brian P Burns was the fifth of seven children born to John J Burns and his wife, Alice.
John was a close confidant of Joe Kennedy, a man influential in his own right serving as the first Irish American ambassador to Britain.
Mr Burns traces his roots back to Co Kerry. Born in Massachusetts, he is a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross and Harvard Law School.
He was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2013, the same year as current US Vice President Joe Biden.
Mr Burns was the leading fundraiser behind an effort to restore the world famous Marsh's Library, beside St Patrick's Cathedral, in Dublin.
He also founded an American Law Library at University College Cork in honour of his late father.
Mr Burns has a direct connection to one of his recent predecessors, Obama-appointed Dan Rooney.
In the mid-1980s he was behind a plan to merge the American Ireland Foundation with the new Ireland Fund, formed by Mr Rooney.
This would lead to the two foundations becoming the American Ireland Fund in 1986.