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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 opening hours for the Embassy

22 December 2014

Bloomsday pre-Christmas reading of Ulysses

18 December 2014

Madrid's Bloomsday Society will hold a pre-Christmas reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses on Thursday, 18 December. All are welcome.

Ambassador visits biggest of Primark’s 40 stores in Spain and is briefed on expansion plans

3 December 2014

Ambassador David Cooney and his wife, Geraldine, visited the biggest of Primark’s 40 stores in Spain at the Plenilunio Shopping Centre in Madrid.

November 2014


Denis Rafter - Beloved Sinner

26 November 2014

Irish actor Denis Rafter brought his one man show Beloved Sinner to the Teatro Español for a two week period. The play provided an intimate and human vision of the last days of Oscar Wilde in Paris at the turn of the last century. More information on the production is also available.

Leading economist Alan Ahearne to give talk on Irish Economy

20 November 2014

On 20 November the Embassy, in association with the Spanish-Irish Business Network and Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, will host a seminar by one of Ireland’s most respected economists, Professor Alan Ahearne. Professor Ahearne’s talk will be entitled “Luck of the Irish? The Turnaround of the Irish Economy”.

Ambassador Cooney inaugurates new Smurfit Kappa plant in Ibi, Alicante

19 November 2014

Ambassador Cooney travelled to Ibi in Alicante to participate in ceremonies to inaugurate the new Smurfit Kappa manufacturing facility.

October 2014


Ambassador Cooney hails success of the Cáceres Irish Fleadh

31 October 2014

Ambassador David Cooney travelled to Cáceres on 31 October to launch the 11th Annual Cáceres Irish Fleadh, which this year featured Sheila na Gig, Böj, Fullset, and Matt and Jackie.

Bloomsday Society Invitation

30 October 2014

Madrid's Bloomsday Society is seeking Joyce enthusiasts to attend and participate in readings on the fourth Thursday of every month.

MRO Europe Aviation Trade Fair

10 October 2013

Ambassador Cooney took part in a major aviation trade fair (MRO Europe) in support of the efforts of Enterprise Ireland to promote the services of a number of key Irish aviation suppliers to Spanish and international customers.

Ambassador Cooney promotes Irish travel technology to key Spanish customers

9 October

Ambassador Cooney spoke at a seminar involving Enterprise Ireland client companies which provide innovative IT services to the tourism sector. 

September 2014


Ireland House bids farewell to Ambassador Harman

19 September 2014

After five productive years as Ambassador of Ireland to Spain, Andorra and Tunisia, Justin Harman is today leaving Madrid to take up a new posting as Ambassador of Ireland to Argentina.

July 2014


Ambassador Harman on Farewell Visit to Andorra

10 July 2014

Ambassador Harman met with the Foreign Minister of Andorra during a farewell visit on 10 July. He noted the excellent bilateral relationship between both countries, and expressed appreciation for the support Ireland has received from Andorra in multilateral fora.

CICUS Summer Fleadh, Sevilla

3 and 4 July 2014

The CICUS Summer Fleadh in the University of Sevilla will bring together a host of Irish sean-nós song and dance for the first time this year on the 3 and 4 July.

The Good Thief, by Conor McPherson, in Festival Grec de Barcelona

3 July 2014

Conor McPherson's play The Good Thief is due to show during the Festival Grec de Barcelona on July 3rd. Full details on the show, cast, plot etc can be viewed on their webpage.

Comoradh - Issue 2 (PDF Document)

1 July 2014

The Newsletter reflects upon some of the commemorative initiatives and events which are taking place in 2014, marking historical events of a century ago.

It includes articles on President Higgins’ State Visit to the UK; the Iveagh House commemorative lecture by Congressman John Lewis; the launch by the Tánaiste of the digitisation of Ireland’s Memorial Record at Google; plans for the GPO Interpretative Centre in marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising; a case study of Reconciliation Fund support for the Clondara Historical and Cultural Group; Cumann na mBan commemorative events, and the launch of the military pension archives.

June 2014


President Higgins sends congratulations to King Felipe VI

19 June 2014

President Higgins has written to King Felipe VI to congratulate him on his proclamation as king by the Parliament of Spain.

Yeats Day celebrated in Madrid

12 June 2014

On 12 June, on the eve of the official launch of Yeats 2015 in Sligo, the Irish Embassy in Madrid was delighted to participate in a celebration of Yeats’s life and poetry organised by the Yeats Society in Madrid.

Bloomsday 2014

June 2014

There is a wide range of activities taking place across Spain to celebrate Bloomsday 2014

President Higgins pays tribute to King Juan Carlos

02 June

President Higgins has paid tribute to King Juan Carlos following the announcement of his abdication in favour of Crown Prince Felipe.  

May 2014


13th International AEDEI Conference on Irish Studies in Bilbao

29 - 31 May

The 13th International AEDEI (Asociación Española de Estudios Irlandeses) Conference on Irish Studies will take place in Bilbao on 29-31 May.

April 2014


“Visions for Europe” with Spanish think-tank, the Instituto Real Elcano

03 April

Ambassador Harman spoke at an event organised by the prestigious Spanish think-tank, the Instituto Real Elcano on "Visions for Europe".

March 2014


Greenings in Spain for St. Patrick's Day

17 March

Minister Perry greets the Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, in order to express appreciation for the “greening” of the city’s monuments once again in 2014

SIBN St. Patrick’s Day Charity Ball

14 March

The second SIBN St. Patrick’s Day Charity Ball took place on Friday 14 March and raised an incredible €30,000 for Debra Ireland and Debra España.

Minister for Small Business visited Madrid for St. Patrick's Day "Promote Ireland" programme

12-15 March

Minister of State for Small Business, Mr John Perry, T.D., visited Madrid from 12-15 March for a full programme of business, community and cultural events.