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St. Patrick's Day

Every year in the month of March, Irish people everywhere, people of Irish heritage and people with an interest in Ireland celebrate all things Irish on St. Patrick's Day itself - March 17th - and in the days and weeks around it. The Embassy participates in and promotes all things Irish and uses this opportunity to promote Ireland, its culture and its heritage.

Global Greening in Portugal on St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s 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 St. Patrick’s Day provides a wonderful opportunity to show the world just what we can do.

St. Patrick's Day 2015

This year, our Embassy worked with the State Agencies and our Portuguese friends on a programme which included:

  • organizing official events with a strong trade focus.
  • "Global Greenings" of three iconic  Portuguese monuments: the statue of Christ (Cristo Rei) overlooking the Tagus river and the city of Lisbon, the statue of Duque da Terceira in the historic port area of Lisbon Cais do Sodré, and the Museu dos Condes de Castro Guimarães in Cascais, which in the late 19th Century was built by “The Great O’Neill”, Jorge O’Neill, the direct descendant of Hugh O’Neill of Tyrone.
  • attending a series of events, including business networking events and cultural events throughout the country.

Growing our economy

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 Portugal and Ireland. We encourage the building of relationships, investment and tourism.

Sharing our culture

We celebrate our rich culture and heritage and we’re proud of its influence on world literature, art and music. St. Patrick’s 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 and our local Irish communities to stage cultural events around St. Patrick's Day, drawing positive publicity for Irish culture and for Ireland as a place to visit, study and do business.

Saying thank you

St. Patrick's Day is a great time for Ireland to engage with and thank longstanding partners, friends, voluntary and community organizations and Irish communities around the world for their ongoing support and the contributions they make.