As Ireland's fifth Ambassador to Brazil, I am very pleased to welcome you to our website which, I hope, contains all the information you need on our role and activities and the services we offer. We hope you will use it as a means of keeping in touch with what is happening in Ireland and with Ireland-related developments in Brazil. The Embassy uses its Twitter account @IrlEmbBrazil as the principal means of sharing information about Ireland-Brazil relations and I would encourage you all to follow us.
Relations between Ireland and Brazil are excellent and my role here is to ensure that the relationship continues to flourish. While the Irish community is small in number in Brazil, we are at your disposal whether you are a full-time resident or a visitor to this beautiful country. Our Consulate General opened in São Paulo in 2015 and covers the seven southern states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. This reflects the importance Ireland attaches to Brazil as a partner for trade, tourism and investment and will help to raise the profile of Ireland in a key region of the country.
Ireland is well known in Brazil as a location for study; be it English language study or graduate and post-graduate study. We received more than 3,300 Brazilian students under the Science without Borders programme and we also welcome more than 15,000 English language students annually. Brazilians love the warmth, friendliness and openness of Ireland and its people, and their experience as visitors and students in Ireland has been overwhelmingly positive. Brazilians now comprise the sixth largest nationality resident in Ireland, and their growing presence in our country is evidence of growing links between the two nations.
Ireland is a proud and active member of the European Union and we believe in the core values of the Union, which have served the interests of Ireland and the rest of Europe so well. To succeed as an open economy and a welcoming society, we will remain at the heart of Europe and we look forward with optimism to the future development of the European Union, as an active member state helping to shape and influence it for the times ahead.
Please contact us at the address above if you have any queries.
Thank you for your visit.
H.E. Ambassador Seán Hoy took up duty as Ireland's Ambassador to Brazil on 1st December 2018. He presented his credentials to the President of Brazil, Michel Temer, on 11th December 2018.
Ambassador Hoy was born in County Fermanagh in 1964. He received a Bachelor of Agriculture degree from Queen's University Belfast, a Master degree from the University of East Anglia, and entered the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in 1990.
Ambassador Hoy has served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana, Ambassador to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal, and Permanent Representative of Ireland to Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Previous positions include Deputy Director, Africa Section, Head of Development at the Embassy of Ireland in Viet Nam, Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of Ireland in Mozambique and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland in Uganda. Prior to joining the Department, he worked in Sudan with an Irish overseas development agency.
Ambassador Hoy is married to Susan and has three children.