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2014 News & Events

December 2014

President Higgins Christmas and New Year Message 2014

22 December 2014

As President of Ireland, may I offer my warmest wishes for Christmas and the New Year to everyone in Ireland, and to all of our Irish abroad, those who assist them, and the communities that have welcomed them.

Christmas and New Year’s period opening hours

The Embassy, Passport and Visa Office will be closed from 12.30pm on Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24th of December. The Embassy will be closed on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th December and will open for regular working hours on Monday 29th. We will also be closed on Thursday 1 January.

Regular Embassy Opening hours

Opening Times

Embassy: Monday – Friday 9:30am to 5:00pm
Passport Office: Monday – Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm
Visa Office: Public hours for submitting applications are Monday – Friday 9:30am to 12:00pm

Contact Us

You can Contact Us and we will reply as soon as possible.

Out of hours Emergency Contact Details

Please note that if you require assistance in the case of emergency while the Embassy is closed, contact the main Embassy number, 0207 235 2171, and leave a message on the Duty Officer voice mailbox. This mailbox will be monitored regularly.

November 2014

Minister Flanagan at European Council on Foreign Relations

14 November 2014

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan T.D., addressed UK and Ireland's relationship with Europe at London's European Council on Foreign Relations on 14 November.

October 2014

President Higgins Visits Wales


President Higgins made a two-day visit to Wales on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th October. His visit included meetings with members of the Senedd and the cultural and educational life of Wales. His visit also honoured the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, which is being celebrated this year.

Speech by Ambassador Mulhall - 'We know their dream': Yeats and 1916


'We know their dream': Yeats and 1916. Talk delivered at the Tyneside Irish Festival, Newcastle.

Minister Deenihan announces Emigrant Support funding for Britain 2014


Ireland’s first Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., today announced details of £5.1 million in funding for the Irish community in Britain. Grants have been made to 113 organisations to support projects through the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP).

Minister Fitzgerald and UK Home Secretary launch landmark British-Irish Visa Scheme


Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, together with the United Kingdom Home Secretary Theresa May, has today formally launched the British-Irish Visa Scheme at an event held at the Irish Embassy in London.

September 2014

Ambassador Mulhall delivers the Inaugural Yeats Lecture


‘W.B. Yeats and the Ireland of his time’, Inaugural Yeats Lecture, Embassy of Ireland, London, 25 September 2014

Ambassador Mulhall’s lecture at the University of Cardiff


Secret Scripture: Two Irish war poets: a lecture delivered at a Conference on Ireland, Wales and the First World War at the University of Cardiff.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade visits London


Minister Charlie Flanagan paid his first visit as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to London September on 5 September. The Minister also attended the annual conference of the British Irish Association at Oxford, where he delivered the keynote address.

August 2014

Ireland marks the centenary of World War One


On Thursday 31 July, President Michael D. Higgins led a ceremony to dedicate the newly installed Cross of Sacrifice in Glasnevin Cemetery, in Dublin. The erection of the cross is a cooperative venture between Glasnevin Trust and the Commonwealth Graves Commission (CWGC).

July 2014

Remarks at the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Committee


Address by Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council House of Lords, London, 14 July 2014

Bronnadh na fáinní – Irish language students recognised at the Embassy


Ambassador Dan Mulhall hosted a ceremony, in conjunction with St. Mary’s University College London, to present fáinne pin badges to students who have successfully completed Irish language courses delivered by the University’s Irish Studies programme

Embassy marks centenary of the 1914 Home Rule Act


An event to mark the centenary of the Home Rule Act took place in the Embassy with a distinguished audience of parliamentarians, academics, officials, business, community and cultural representatives, and media.

Comóradh: A Newsletter for the Irish Abroad in the Decade of Commemorations


The second edition of Comóradh is now available. This Newsletter reflects upon some of the commemorative initiatives and events which have taken place since the beginning of 2014, marking historical events of a century ago.

June 2014

Embassy hosts TCD Henry Grattan Lecture Series


The Embassy hosted a lecture and discussion on the topic of migration as part of the TCD (Trinity College Dublin) Grattan Lecture Series. Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN for Migration, and Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, Financial Times, were the guests speakers.

May 2014

Chefs’ Irish Beef Club - Bord Bia showcase at the Embassy


Ambassador Mulhall, in conjunction with the Irish Food Board (Bord Bia), hosted an event in the Embassy to showcase premium Irish beef to members of the Chefs’ Irish Beef Club as well as as invited top chefs and guests.

The International O'Connell: Parliamentarian, liberal, reformer - Daniel O'Connell Commemorative Lecture


Ambassador Mulhall was asked to deliver the Annual Daniel O'Connell Commemorative Lecture at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, where OConnell is buried. Read the transcript of his talk on 'The International O'Connell' which focuses on his international reputation as a parliamentarian, an opponent of slavery, a liberal and a political reformer.

Embassy hosts panel discussion on Oil and Gas industry


The Embassy, in association with the London Irish Business Society (LIBS) hosted a panel discussion entitled – Ireland’s Oil & Gas Potential: Over-hyped or Under Sold?

Ambassador Mulhall’s lecture at Liverpool University  Institute of Irish Studies


Ambassador Dan Mulhall delivered  a public lecture on Commemorating Ireland 1912-1922 at Liverpool University on 12 May. He also opened a new library – the Mac Lua Library at the University's Institute of Irish Studies.

Minister Joe Costello promotes Irish aviation industry to UK customers


The Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, promoted the Irish aviation industry to senior UK buyers and influencers at a business event here at the Embassy of Ireland.

April 2014

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


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


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 Patricks Day Message 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.