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2015 News & Events

December 2015

Christmas and New Year’s period opening hours

18 December 2015

The Embassy and Passport and Visa Office will be closed from 12.00pm on Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th of December. We will be closed on Friday 25th and Monday 28th December and will open for regular working hours on Tuesday 29th. We will also be closed on Friday 1 January.

November 2015

The Yeats Family of Bedford Park: the John Betjeman Lecture

30 November 2015

2015 John Betjeman Lecture on 'The Yeats Family of Bedford Park'

Minister Flanagan to launch the “Ireland 2016” commemorations programme in Britain

23 November 2015

This afternoon (Monday) at the Irish Embassy in London, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Charlie Flanagan TD, will launch the busy and exciting programme of creative, community and commemorative events to take place in Britain to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising and historical events of 1916.

2015 Emigrant Support Programme Funding announced

12 November 2015

The Minister of State for the Diaspora, Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D., has today announced details of €6.73 million in funding for the Irish community in Britain. Grants have been made to 110 organisations in support of a range of projects for which applications have been received through the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Embassy Lecture Series-11 November-Podcast

11 November 2015

A discussion between the Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall and Keith Jeffrey on his book 1916 – A Global History. 

Taoiseach announces Ireland’s first ever participation in London’s Lord Mayor’s Show

9 November 2015

Tourism Ireland and 21 mayors from the island of Ireland participate in historic London pageant Taoiseach Enda Kenny today announced Ireland’s first ever participation in The Lord Mayor’s Show in London

Taoiseach addresses Confederation of British Industry Annual Conference and met with Prime Minister David Cameron

9 November 2015

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is in London today to address the Confederation of British Industry Annual Conference. Afterwards, the Taoiseach visited 10 Downing Street where he met with the British Prime Minister David Cameron. The two leaders discussed developments in Northern Ireland, the UK/EU negotiations and economic issues of interest to both Governments.

October 2015

Irish Embassy London Podcasts

29 October 2015

An evening discussion at the Irish Embassy with Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Ronan Fanning, author of Éamon DeValera – A Will to Power and Maurice Walsh, author of Bitter Freedom – Ireland in a Revolutionary World, in conversation about Ireland 1916-1923. This discussion took place at the Embassy on the 29th October 2015.

Windharp Poetry Anthology - Poems of Ireland since 1916

28 October 2015

The Embassy was delighted to host the London launch of the Windharp Poetry Anthology, edited by Niall MacMonagle. The anthology features poems of Ireland since 1916.

Ambassador’s appearance before the House of Lords EU Committee

27 October 2015

Ambassador Dan Mulhall appeared before the House of Lords EU Select Committee this afternoon. The Ambassador was one of three EU Ambassadors giving evidence today in the Committee’s inquiry into the UK vision for EU reform.

Yeats 150 – Sailing to Byzantium inspiring art in London

27 October 2015

‘Sailing to Byzantium’, an exhibition of Irish and international contemporary art inspired by the famous poem by W.B. Yeats, is underway in London. The exhibition is curated by London-based Irish artist Fion Gunn in collaboration with the Leyden Gallery, London.

September 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015 – Consular Information for Irish Citizens

17 September 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015 is here! We have high hopes for the Irish rugby team and wish them the best of in what promises to be a great tournament. With record crowds and attendance and visitors expected from Ireland to Britain for the tournament, we have some useful information for Irish citizens travelling to the Irish matches in Cardiff and London.

Flanagan announces funding for community organisations who wish to organise 1916 commemorative events

7 September 2015

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., today announced the opening of a fund to support community groups in Britain who wish to organise 1916 commemorative events.  He is visiting Britain for a three day programme that includes the British Irish Association annual conference in Cambridge and a series of engagements in London.

June 2015

Ireland 2016 – Global Programme of Events Launched

29 June 2015

The Ireland 2016 Global and Diaspora Programme is an exciting international programme of creative, community and commemorative events to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. The Irish community and Ireland’s international friends are encourage to get involved in events taking place here in Britain and in cities from Buenos Aires to Paris and New York to Rome to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, including its international dimensions.

Bloomsday/ Yeatsday celebration at the Embassy

16 June 2015

Ambassador Dan Mulhall and his wife Greta hosted at a Bloomsday/Yeatsday Breakfast at the Embassy, in celebration of James Joyce's Ulysses & the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats, with songs & readings from Joyce & Yeats

Ireland Day at the London Stock Exchange - remarks by Ambassador Mulhall

9 June 2015

It is a pleasure to be here this morning for the 3rd Annual Ireland Day at the London Stock Exchange. I wish to pay tribute to Ian Hyland and his team at Ireland Inc. for organising today’s event, with its focus on the deep economic ties between Ireland and the UK.

Irish Design 2015 – New Horizon I Architecture from Ireland

3 June 2015

As part of Irish Design 2015, for the first time, Ireland has been designated as the 'country of focus' at the London Festival of Architecture. Launched on Monday June 1st by Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan T.D., this month long celebration of architecture will present, discuss and challenge issues within and connected to architecture.

May 2015

When you are old: Yeats at 150 - A talk by the Ambassador at the Newbury Spring Festival

It is a real pleasure for me to be here this afternoon at the Newbury Spring Festival to talk about our national poet, William Butler Yeats, on the 150th anniversary of his birth. We are living through a great era of major anniversaries at present – the outbreak of The First World War last year; Gallipoli and Waterloo this year; next year the Somme and in Ireland the Easter Rising.

April 2015

Remarks by the Ambassador at the annual dinner of the Worshipful Company of Educators, City of London

17 April 2015

I am delighted to be here for two reasons. First, because of my interest in education and second because of my admiration for educators.  There is a memorable phrase about education that is often attributed to the great Irish poet WB Yeats, 'education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.'  This rings true, even if there is some dispute about the provenance of that quote. Yeats certainly did once say that 'culture does not consist of acquiring opinions, but of getting rid of them'! 

GAA grounds redevelopment in London

17 April 2015

The Embassy and the Irish Government are major supporters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) throughout Britain. The Embassy was delighted to participate in the ceremony to mark the start of work on the development of the flagship GAA grounds in Britain at Ruislip, London. 

March 2015

Ireland 2016 – Easter Rising Centenary Programme launched 

31 March 2015

The Government of Ireland launched on 31 March a national and international program of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and to remember those who fought and those who died for Irish independence.

Ambassador Mulhall delivers a talk at Aston University

24 March 2015

Ambassador Mulhall was pleased to visit Aston University where he delivered a talk on Irish diplomacy in a globalised world. During his remarks the Ambassador said "As our closest neighbour with whom we have had centuries of intensive interaction, the UK is Ireland's most important international partner."

‘W.B. Yeats and the Ireland of his time’, a talk delivered at the Oxford Literary Festival

23 March 2015

It is a pleasure to be part of the Oxford Literary Festival, especially as I am neither a writer nor an academic. I am here because of a lifelong interest in the work of our great Irish poet and Nobel Prize recipient, William Butler Yeats, who was born in Dublin 150 years ago this year. In Ireland throughout the year, we will be paying tribute to Yeats's literary achievement and his contribution to Ireland during his lifetime and in the years since his death in January 1939.

Ireland's first Diaspora Policy launched

3 March 2015

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD together with An Tánaiste, Joan Burton TD, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, and Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan TD today (Tuesday) launched Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy.

February 2015

Why Ireland would like the UK to remain in the EU

26 February 2015

I am happy to be here this evening at UCL’s European Institute to offer an Irish perspective on the current and ongoing British debate on this country’s future in the European Union. I thank the Institute for offering me this opportunity and I thank you all for turning up here this evening.

Irish diplomacy in a globalised world, a talk delivered at the University of Kent 


I am delighted to visit the University of Kent this evening to speak about 'Irish diplomacy in a globalised world'. I thank the University for inviting me as part of its celebration of 50 years of academic achievement. I am especially pleased to visit a place of learning that styles itself as the UK’s European University.

January 2015

Temporary Clerical Officer Positions at the Passport Office


The Embassy of Ireland is seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic and hard working persons with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to join our passport administration and customer service team in a large high-profile office. 

Emigrant Support Programme Workshops 2015


Staff from the Embassy of Ireland and from the Irish Abroad Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will provide workshop-format briefings for organisations which are considering making an application to the Emigrant Support Programme in 2015.

The Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme


The Irish Government, through the Emigrant Support Programme, provides funding to non-profit organisations which support and connect the Irish community in Britain. The Emigrant Support Programme is a tangible expression of the Irish Government’s support of, commitment to, and interest in, the global Irish community. Our vision is a vibrant, diverse global Irish community, connected to Ireland and to each other.