Dublin, 15 August 2018

India Day 2018 programme announced.

India Day takes place September 2nd at Farmleigh,

Day of activities and festivities planned

Bernard J Durkan TD, Vice Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and member of the Joint Committee on European Affairs announced India Day 2018 programme at a ceremony in Farmleigh in the presence of representatives of the Indian community in Ireland and partners of the India Day 2018. 

Mr Durkan said: ”the importance of friendship between nations cannot be overstated. This can only happen when people are committed to this concept. We live in a very challenging time, which are not unique. We have learned this crossroads many times in the past. Hopefully, the people of the world have learned from the mistakes of the past. The Ireland-India Council is the perfect example of how to do the right things.”  

Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, TD, said in his message that: ‘I am pleased to again be associated with India Day and I look forward to the colourful festivities in Farmleigh. Our histories are very similar, and while we differ in population size, there have long been strong bonds of genuine friendship between our nations. It is estimated that almost 20,000 Indian nationals live in Ireland, and as Ceann Comhairle, I will continue to work hard to strengthen the bonds of friendship between India and Ireland. India Day is an excellent example of what can be achieved, showcasing the best of Indian culture, music, art, and cuisine. I commend the Indian Ambassador and her officials for their ongoing work in promoting links between our two countries, and I pay particular tribute to my good friends in the Ireland India Council for all their work in preparing India Day, which I am sure will be as enjoyable and memorable in 2018 as it has been in previous years.’.

Bank of Ireland’s Sean L’Estrange said: ‘Bank of Ireland is delighted to have attended the launch of India Day 2018, this is now our second year of supporting this special event and it is always a memorable one for the Indian community. Our purpose is to enable our colleagues, customers, and communities to thrive and our support of India Day is an important part of our commitment to our customers. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Ireland India Council and supporting community events such as India Day and Diwali. We are already looking forward to the main event on September 2nd.”

Prashant Shukla, Chief Executive of the Ireland-India Council welcomed the dignitaries and said that Irish and Indian communities have drawn inspirations from each other during, freedom movement and enjoyed excellent relations before and after independence. 15th August is a commemoration of India’s Independence and we have seen a huge participation from across Ireland. It is also a celebration of peaceful co-existence of Indians, who were born in India but now Ireland is their new home.

Mr. Eric Byrne, Ms. Orla Conlan, Travel Journalist Mr. Eoghan Corry, Mr. Malay Bose and Ms. Brigid Roche along with representatives of various Indian organizations- Dr. J.S. Puri, Mr. M.L. Shorey, Mr. Sanjeeb Barik, Mr. Siraz Zaidi, Mr. Jagan Muttumula, Mr. Shashank Chakravarthy, Gagan Vasisht and Mr. Deb Prasad Haldar Ms. Aparna Shukla along with children in traditional costumes actively participated in the launch of fourth India Day. 

Dr. Meghana Vasisht performed Bharat Natyam (Indian Dance form) in traditional attire. 

Farmleigh and the Office of Public Works have supported the Independence Day event since 2015. 

For more information please contact Ms. Orla Conlan, Public Relations of Ireland India Council at info@irelandindiacouncil.ie or phone: 0877542551.







Dublin, 29 June 2017

Ceann Comhairle, Mr. Seán Ó Fearghaíl T.D., Announced India Day 2017 Programme at Farmleigh

The Ceann Comhairle, Mr Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, officially announced the India Day 2017 Programme and also launched the India/Ireland Parliamentary Friendship Group in the presence of Her Excellency Vijay Thakur Singh, Ambassador of the Republic of India on 29 June.

In his remarks, the Ceann Comhairle said: “Links have been strong and enduring between Ireland and India for many years, in culture, history, sport, education and tourism. As Ceann Comhairle, “I am anxious to nurture closer links at parliamentary level and am pleased to have recently established an Oireachtas Ireland India Parliamentary Friendship Group. I am honoured to chair this group and the operational running of the group will be in the capable hands of the group’s convenor, Aindrias Moynihan, TD. I look forward to greater engagement between the Irish and Indian Parliament and this launch of India Day 2017 allows me the opportunity to meet with many friends involved in strengthening links between Ireland and India.”.

Leader of Labour Party Brendan Howlin TD, Convenor of Ireland India Oireachtas Group, Aindrias Moynihan TD and Senator Frank Feighan wished well and conveyed their support for India Day. Also in attendance were, Sen Ned O’Sullivan, Sen Maria Byrne, and Sen Gerard Horkan.
Ambassador of India, Excellency Vijay Thakur Singh expressed The Embassy’s support to the celebration of India Day and highlighted the excellent relations between India and Ireland.

Prashant Shukla, Event Coordinator for India Day 2017 welcomed the Ceann Comharile and other dignitaries acknowledging former’s role in setting up of Ireland-India Parliament Friendship Group and said that Irish and Indian communities have drawn inspiration from each other during freedom movement and enjoyed excellent relations after-independence. 15th August is a commemoration of India’s Independence and we have seen a huge success and participation from across Ireland, which signifies that India Day is for anyone or everyone who has interest in Indian culture and society. It is also a celebration of peaceful co-existence of over 30,000 Indians, who were born in India but now Ireland is their new home.

Representatives of An Garda Síochána, Local Municipal Bodies, Irish-Indian Children and members of Indian community.

Office of Public Works has supported the event. Boat House Restaurant and Desi Curry served Irish and Indian delicious food in the event.

Chairman of Federation of Indian Communities in Ireland Dr J. S. Puri thanked all dignitaries.