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Government announces biggest ever St Patrick’s Day Programme, marking “100 years of Ireland in the World”

The Government today announced the 2023 St Patrick's Day programme, which will see the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Government Ministers take part in an extensive international programme to promote Ireland and Irish interests around the world. 


This year’s programme will see the widest yet engagement by Ireland with Ministers reaching out to partner Governments and Irish communities on every continent.  In all, 36 representatives of the State will bring Ireland’s message to 74 cities in 44 countries.


St Patrick’s Day offers an unmatched opportunity to promote Ireland abroad. It is an important part of the Government’s ‘Global Ireland’ strategy which seeks to promote Ireland as an outstanding location to live, visit, work, invest in, trade with, and study.


This year, St Patrick’s Day will mark ‘100 Years of Ireland in the World’, a century of our country’s engagement as an active member of the international community in the promotion of democracy, peace and security.  Ministers will acknowledge a number of important milestones which occur this year: The centenary of Ireland’s joining the League of Nations, the fiftieth anniversary of our accession to the then EEC, and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.


Ministers will emphasise Ireland’s commitment to the international rules-based multilateral system, our membership of the European Union and our commitment to protecting the Good Friday Agreement. The Ministerial programme will celebrate our heritage and renew our links with our global Diaspora and business leaders.


The objectives for the SPD 2023 programme are as follows:

  • On its 25th anniversary, to reiterate our support for consolidating the achievements of the Good Friday Agreement;
  • Emphasise the importance and value of our membership of the European Union on the 50th anniversary of our accession to the European Communities;
  • Re-affirm Ireland’s steadfast commitment to the people of Ukraine;
  • Connect with Irish communities overseas and emphasise the importance of our Diaspora; 
  • Build further on relationships with key political leaders, business leaders, decision makers, influencers and stakeholders across the world;
  • Celebrate Ireland’s contemporary and traditional arts, culture and heritage;
  • Promote Ireland as a great place to live, visit, work, invest in, trade with, and study.

ENDS Press Office 14 February 2023

Notes to the Editor: The following visits will take place as part of the St. Patrick’s Day programme:


Leo Varadkar

US - Washington


Micheál  Martin

US - New York, Boston


Eamon Ryan

Singapore & China -Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai


Michael McGrath

US - Chicago & Toronto


Paschal Donohoe

Germany -  Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin


Simon Coveney

Australia - Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth


Norma Foley

US - Philadelphia


Catherine Martin

US - Los Angeles, San Diego


Darragh O'Brien

US - Atlanta & Savannah 


Heather Humphreys

UK - London & England


Charlie McConalogue

New Zealand - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch


Roderic O'Gorman

India - Delhi, Mumbai, & Bangladesh - Dhaka


Stephen Donnelly



Simon Harris

US - San Francisco & Canada -Vancouver

Chief Whip & Minister of State

Hildegarde Naughton

US -  Miami & Mexico

Minister of State

Peter Burke

Italy & Holy See

Minister of State

Sean Fleming


Minister of State

Patrick O'Donovan

Thailand & Indonesia

Minister of State

Ossian Smyth

Belgium & Netherlands

Minister of State

Josepha Madigan

UAE & Qatar

Minister of State

Niall Collins

Malaysia & Philippines

Minister of State

Jack Chambers


Minister of State

Senator Pippa Hackett

Kenya & Tanzania

Minister of State

Martin Heydon


Minister of State

Anne Rabbitte

South Africa - Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town

Minister of State

Neale Richmond

Spain & Portugal

Minister of State

Joe O'Brien


Minister of State

Kieran O'Donnell

Croatia & Slovenia

Minister of State

Malcolm Noonan

Austria & Slovakia & Czechia & Romania

Minister of State

Dara Calleary

France - Paris, Strasbourg, Lyon

Minister of State

Thomas Byrne

US - Austin Dallas & Texas

Minister of State

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill

UK -Edinburgh, Cardiff, Liverpool

Minister of State

James Browne

Cyprus & Jordan

Ceann Comhairle

Seán Ó Fearghaíl



Jerry Buttimer

Sierra Leone & Liberia

Attorney General

Rossa Fanning SC

Argentina & Chile