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2014 News & Events

November 2014

Consulate hosts business-focused events

13 November 2014

The Consulate General and Enterprise Ireland hosted a day of business-focused events on 13 November. The afternoon saw a ‘Get Set Scotland’ workshop for new market entrants with guest speakers providing advice on the Scottish market. A larger event was held in the evening focusing on opportunities for Irish firms in the transport infrastructure sector in Scotland, as well as offering business networking for the representatives of many Irish companies.


October 2014

Scotland-Ireland Archaeological Collaboration Reception

30 November 2014

Consul General Bourne hosted a reception at the Consulate on 30 October 2014, following the Scotland-Ireland Archaeological Collaboration Seminar held in Edinburgh Castle earlier that day. It was attended by those working in archaeology and related areas, including the academic, public, and private sectors, and was organised by Dr Rebecca Jones of Historic Scotland.

Reception to welcome Fergus Linehan, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival

28 October 2014

Consul General Pat Bourne hosted a reception on October 28 at the Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh to welcome and introduce Fergus Linehan, who has assumed the role of Director of the Edinburgh International Festival as of October 1. Linehan, from Dublin, is the first Irishman to be appointed Director and takes over from Sir Jonathan Mills who had been in the post for 8 years.


Launch of ‘Ireland and the End of the British Empire’ by Dr Helen O’Shea

24 October 2014

The Consul General in Edinburgh hosted the launch of a new book entitled ‘Ireland and the End of the British Empire’ at the Consulate.


September 2014

Irish Government Statements on the outcome of the Scottish Independence Referendum

19 September 2014

Statements from Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan on the outcome of the Scottish Referendum.


August 2014

Minister Humphreys attends Edinburgh International Culture Summit

11-13 August 2014

Minister Humphreys participated in the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, a gathering of artists, thinkers, and Culture Ministers from across the world to discuss the power, position, and profile of the arts, culture, and the creative industries. 


Minister Humphreys attends Commemoration events in Glasgow

4 August 2014

Minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys participated in UK Government First World War commemoration events in Glasgow on 4 August, accompanied by Consul General Bourne.


June 2014

Association of Irish Historians in Britain Annual Conference takes place in Edinburgh

27-29 June 2014

The University of Edinburgh hosted the 19th Conference of Irish Historians in Britain on 27-29 June 2014, attended by Ambassador Mulhall and Consul General Bourne. The Conference returned to Edinburgh in 2014 after thirty years.
Held over the course of three days, this year’s conference saw the presentation of 13 papers exploring Medieval Ireland through to the 20th Century and covering a range of diverse topics from spiritualism to patriotic songs.
For further details, please see the University of Edinburgh website.


Bloomsdays Abroad

16-21 June 2014

The Consulate hosted a special exhibition, Bloomsdays Abroad, from 16 to 21 June, which was launched at a reception in the Consulate on 16 June.


May 2014

Official Opening of Irish Heritage Foundation’s new centre by Consul General Bourne

30 May 2014

On 30 May 2014, Consul General Bourne officially opened the new shop-front premises of the Irish Heritage Foundation, which works to promote and celebrate Irish heritage and culture in Scotland.


Visit to Ireland by Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop

29-30 May 2014

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop visited Ireland in May for a range of meetings and events which gathered coverage in the Scottish press.

On archaeological discovery highlighted during Ms Hyslop’s visit to Newgrange

Speaking about Scottish and Irish literary links during the Listowel Writers Week 


April 2014

Historic first State Visit to the UK - President Michael D. Higgins

8 April 2014

President Michael D. Higgins will make a State Visit to the United Kingdom from 8-11 April 2014.


Ceiliúradh (Celebration) at the Royal Albert Hall

10 April 2014

On the historic occasion of the first State Visit by the President of Ireland to the United Kingdom, President Michael D. Higgins will be guest of honour at a special evening of music, spoken word and dance at the Royal Albert Hall


March 2014

St. Patrick's Day Programme in Scotland

13-18 March 2014

Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O’Sullivan, TD stated that her visit to Scotland over St. Patrick’s weekend focuses on investment, tourism, and celebrating the strong cultural links between Scotland and Ireland.


St Patrick's Day Message

17 March 2014

I am delighted to send best wishes for St Patrick’s Day to the people of Ireland and to our global family and friends around the world.