St. Patricks Day is a global celebration of what it means to be Irish; the spirit, the determination, the creativity and that indefinable something that makes us who we are.
Ireland is capable of great things and every year, the Embassy uses St. Patrick's Day to organise many special events and to use the opportunity to promote Ireland. The Embassy works closely with the State Agencies on a programme which includes:
One of our greatest strengths as a country is our people and during the St. Patrick's Day period, visits by a Government Minister complement the ongoing work of our Embassy network and state agencies in promoting awareness and confidence in Ireland's economic recovery, as well as showcasing what we have to offer as a nation.
The visiting Minister takes part in a range of different events, including meetings about trade, tourism and investment opportunities, media interviews, networking events, and bilateral meetings with ministers, along with other high-profile events such as Greening ceremonies.
The focus on Ireland on St. Patrick's Day gives us a valuable opportunity to show the world that this country is open for business and to underline the close trade links between France and Ireland. We encourage the building of relationships, investment and tourism.
We celebrate our rich culture and heritage and we're proud of its influence on world literature, art and music. St. Patricks Day is a great chance for us to share our culture with others, especially in countries where there's less awareness of Ireland. Our Embassy staff work closely with Culture Ireland to stage many cultural events around St. Patrick's Day, drawing lots of positive publicity for Irish culture and for Ireland as a place to visit, study and do business.
St. Patrick's Day is a great time for Ireland to engage with and thank long-standing partners, friends, voluntary and community organisations and Irish communities around the world for their ongoing support and the contributions they make to this country.