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Embassy of Ireland, Saudi Arabia - Latest News & Events

March 2016

1916 Commemoration Events

9 March 2016

The Embassy will be commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland with a series of events organised in partnership with Naomh Alee GAA Club, the Riyadh Irish Society and the Irish Business Network.

December 2015

Ambassador Cotter welcomes Pat Spillane to the Kingdom

15 December 2015

Naomh Alee GAA Club hosted Pat Spillane for the launch of his team of the millennium.

KAUST Scholarships for Irish Students

2 December 2015

Up to five students from Ireland will be offered places on Master or PhD programmes at the World Class King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia in 2016.

November 2015

European Financial Forum 2016

26 November 2015

Minister of State Simon Harris T.D. announces the inaugural European Financial Forum in Dublin Castle on 27 January 2016.

September 2015

Opening of ID2015 Global Irish Design Challenge

29 September 2015

If you’re a designer with strong links to Ireland, we’d like you to submit a product, project or concept that has the potential to revolutionise the way we live. The Global Irish Design Challenge is a celebration of Irish design innovation that hopes to activate a global network of talent.

Ireland's Top Exporters

22 September 2015

The Top 250 Exporters publication, sponsored by Investec, was launched on 22 September by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD. The publication identifies and reviews the leading exporters from Ireland, both North and South. It is an important reference document for all exporters and a key resource for sub-suppliers and service providers within the exporting sector.

Taste & Discover Ireland event

17 September 2015

The Embassy hosted a Taste & Discover Ireland event for 40 representatives from the travel and food industries on 8 September. Guests were treated to a selection of Irish food products while Tourism Ireland gave a presentation on Ireland as a tourist destination for visitors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ambassador Cotter addressed the group on recent economic developments in Ireland and promoted the quality of our food products and Ireland as a visitor friendly holiday destination.

June 2015

Launch of Irish Business Network - Saudi Arabia (IBN-SA)

9 June 2015

Close to 200 hundred people attended the Launch of the Irish Business Network – Saudi Arabia (IBN-SA) at Embassy Riyadh on 2nd June.

May 2015

Visit to Saudi Arabia by An Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael


The President of the GAA, Mr Áogan Ó Fearghail, paid a visit to Saudi Arabia on 7 and 8 May.

April 2015

Presentation of Credentials


Ambassador Tony Cotter presented his credentials to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Royal Palace in Riyadh on 22 April 2015.

Trade Mission to UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar

19/04/2015 - 24/04/2015

Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, led a Trade and Investment Mission to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar from 19 April to 24 April 2015.

March 2015

Launch of the Global Irish website


The Global Irish website ( will help Irish people overseas to stay in touch with home and their heritage. This online portal is a new resource for the Irish abroad providing signposts for Irish people and people of Irish descent and affinity to information that might be helpful to them in their lives overseas, and, information for those thinking of coming home.

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