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St. Patrick's Day 2018

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and the 17th March, better known as St. Patrick’s Day, is our national holiday. Every year, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade helps to organise about 700 events in 100 countries around the world to mark the celebration. Central to this is the ‘Promoting Ireland’ programme.

Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)

Niagara Falls Greening (on both the Canadian and US sides)

This year the Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Ministers and the Chief Whip will take this promotional programme to 40 countries across the globe. The Ceann Comhairle, Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, and Attorney General will also participate in this year’s Promoting Ireland campaign.  In their travels, our delegations will meet with key our partners around the world, renew relationships with the Irish overseas, and reach out to all those who feel an affinity with Ireland and all things Irish.  The Promoting Ireland programme will building relationships in new markets, encouraging investment and tourism and generating opportunities for Irish businesses.

St Patrick’s Day allows us an opportunity to underline our ambitious approach to international relations, and Ireland’s role as a responsible global citizen. St. Patrick’s Day also provides us with a platform to engage with governments, leaders, and influencers, reinforcing our position and key messages on Brexit, Northern Ireland, Ireland’s campaign to become a member of the UN Security Council in 2021-22 and the Irish economy.

St Patrick’s Day provides a unique global opportunity to increase awareness of Ireland.  Right across our network of over 80 Embassies and Consulates, we use the celebrations to share our culture, history, and values with those who may not be familiar with Ireland and equally with our diaspora of over 70 million. It is a great time for Ireland to engage with and thank long-standing partners, friends, voluntary and community organisations and Irish communities around the world for their ongoing support and the contributions they make to this country and to the Irish overseas.

Last year over 5 million people attended St Patrick’s Day parades and events around the world. In addition, almost 300 sites went green for St Patrick’s Day as a result of the Tourism Ireland ‘Global Greenings’ campaign and the strong support from the Embassy network. This year Tourism Ireland expects that number to exceed 300.

2018 St Patrick's Day Message from President Michael Higgins

2018 St Patrick's Day Message from Michael D.Higgins [English]

Teachtaireacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig 2018 ón Uachtarán Micheál D. Ó hUigínn [Gaeilge]

St. Patrick's Festival Commission 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has proudly supported the St Patrick’s Festival in the commission of their film ‘Pathways- Irish Routes to the Art of the Matter’. The film involves interviews with ten Irish artists around the world in which they explore the creative process and the influence of being Irish and from Ireland on their work.