News and Events from the Embassy of Ireland
25 November 2021
Ahead of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25th November, Ambassadors accredited to the Slovak Republic, including the Ambassador of Ireland Dermot McGauran, join President Zuzana Čaputová, in a campaign to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls.
29 September 2021
Ambassador McGauran was delighted to accept an invitation from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Matej Bel in Banská Bystrica to give a lecture to students taking Irish studies as part of their wider curriculum.
24 July 2021
As international friends and partners of Slovakia, we are united in reaffirming that all persons, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity, should fully be able to enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms. Together we celebrate Bratislava Pride on 24 July and Kosice Pride on 21 August, along with other Pride events.
02 July 2021
The embassy has been informed that no tickets will be made available to Irish Fans for the match between the Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers FC and the Slovak ŠK Slovan Bratislava team in the first Champions League qualification round on Wednesday 7 July 2021.
11 May 2021
Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the Istanbul Convention. Signed on 11 May 2011, this landmark convention of the Council of Europe aims to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. It is the first instrument in Europe to set legally binding standards to prevent gender-based violence, protect victims of violence and punish perpetrators.
18 March 2021
Despite the pandemic, one important form of celebrating St Patrick’s Day still took place. Fifteen landmarks around Slovakia turned green. The Global Greening is an opportunity to create a visual message about Irish-Slovak friendship by marking Slovak landmarks green
08 March 2021
Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements and leadership of women around the world. We recognise the powerful contribution of women in the fight against the Coronavirus, as medics and caregivers, scientists and teachers, in business, and as political leaders.
25 November 2020
It has become a tradition for Ireland to support the launch of the UN’s 16 days against violence against women and girls campaign, also called “Orange the World”, and this year the Embassy led on the campaign in Slovakia.
20 October 2020
Ambassador Ó Riain accepted an offer from the University of Economics to give a lecture on diplomacy in practice to their students. She was able to experience the current trend of online education with many interesting questions coming from students through a screen.
30 September 2020
Žilina joined the Global Greening campaign in 2020 when Budatín castle and the historical building of the Bank turned green for St. Patrick’s day. The pandemic prevented the Ambassador from travelling to the sites in March, but an opportunity presented itself 6 months later.
07 September 2020
The Slovak Spectator, the main English language newspaper in Slovakia, introduced a Spectacular Slovakia podcast. Foreign Ambassadors based in Bratislava speak about their favourite places in Slovakia, and compare their host country with their homeland. Ambassador Ó Riain was the first one to record her story. It is available here.
24 July 2020
A joint statement on equal rights for LGBTI signed by 37 embassies (one more than last year). In addition, the mayor of Bratislava, Matus Vallo and the governor of Bratislava Region, Juraj Droba, have signed the statement, making it a total of 39 signatories.
06 August 2019
18 June 2019
Ambassador Ó Riain together with Enterprise Ireland launched a new tool for any Irish business interested in the Slovak market, as well as Slovak companies looking for partners in the region, and in Ireland. You can find the Irish-Slovak Business Directory here.
15 June 2019
President’s inauguration Inauguration ceremony of President Čaputová Ambassador Ó Riain joined fellow diplomats, members of government and parliament, academia and many others at the historical inauguration of the first female President in Slovakia. Ambassador Ó Riain congratulated President Čaputová at a reception following the official ceremony.
28 May 2019
Slovakia faces both a labour shortage and high unemployment of Roma population. The Embassy joined forces with AmCham, Embassies of the US, Netherlands and Canada and several NGOs as they believe that the employment of socially excluded groups is an untapped potential for Slovakia’s growth.