Charity Collection at Embassy Book Launch
19 December 2014
At the launch by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, in Brussels on 19 December, 2014 of the Embassy’s new book Ireland and Belgium – Past Connections and Continuing Ties those who attended responded generously to Ambassador Mac Aodha’s suggestion that the occasion be marked by a holiday season collection for an Irish and a Belgian charity. On foot of the collection €1,057.00 has already been donated to the St. Vincent de Paul, Ireland (representing one half of the funds collected) and a similar amount will shortly be given to a Belgian children’s cancer charity – details to be posted shortly. The Embassy wishes to put on record its generosity to all those who contributed to these worthy causes.
As part of the Embassy of Ireland First World War Commemoration Programme, the Embassy presents an evening lecture and musical performances exploring the theme of Chaplains in the First World War & the life and legacy of Irish chaplain Father Willie Doyle, with Carole Hope, Tracey McRory & Richard Laird.
On the historic occasion of the first State Visit by the President of Ireland to Britain, President Michael D. Higgins will be the guest of honour at ‘Ceiliúradh’ in the Royal Albert Hall, a unique evening of shared stories, music, song and dance.
On the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day, the Manneken Pis, one of Europe’s most visited statues and a national treasure of Belgium, will be dressed in traditional Irish clothing.
Our Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) supports Irish communities overseas by funding non-profit organisations and projects. This allows us to develop more strategic links with the global Irish and to support frontline welfare services that help the most vulnerable members of our overseas communities.
The Embassy of Ireland continues to engage with those involved in the fire in Leuven this morning. Two people lost their lives in the incident and eight other students from Irish colleges were rescued.