Welcome to the Irish Embassy in Czechia and to our website which we hope you find helpful to keep in touch with Ireland or Irish-related events in Czechia. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @IrlEmbPrague.
The historical and cultural links between Ireland and the former Czechoslovakia reach back many centuries to earliest times, and Ireland and the independent Czech Republic during the 20th century developed close links in Europe, and through bilateral and cultural interaction. I took up duty here pre pandemic in September 2019, and since have collaborated with Czech and Irish partners in promoting more focus on our strengths. We focus on promoting political, economic and cultural links. Irish culture is well known and we work closely with the Irish Studies Centre in Charles University and with many Irish and Czech agencies on annual programmes involving the public. We are pleased that Enterprise Ireland for the Central and Eastern European region is based in the Irish Embassy in Prague, and we work closely to promote greater links. Currently, economic and trade links are expanding with total annual trade at €1,6 billion in 2020.
At the European level, Ireland and Czechia are like minded on many issues. During Ireland’s EU Presidency in 2004, the Czech Republic, together with partners in the Visegrad region – Poland, Slovakia and Hungary – and 6 other countries joined the European Union. We welcomed Czechs who travelled to Ireland for work and have settled and are a vital part of Irish life. In 2022, Czechia will host the EU Presidency and Ireland will be working closely throughout on our shared interests and challenges.
As Ambassador, together with Deputy HOM Erin Swan and local staff at the Embassy, we are all committed to expand further our existing relations and to work together in pursuing our many common interests, particularly within the framework of the European Union.
All of us are available to respond to the interest and enquiries from the resident Irish community in Czechia, and to those in Ireland who wish to visit or are interested in doing business with Czechia. We welcome your input and suggestions and look forward to meeting in the time ahead.