This article is a joint invitation from the Embassy of Ireland, Budapest and the IHBC:
Since arriving on the shores of Ireland, St. Patrick has had a continuing influence on Irish Society. First in bringing the Christianity to our nation and subsequently in giving Ireland a national day to celebrate at home and across the globe.
Since the first St. Patrick’s Day parade held in New York in 1762, the global Irish community and friends of Ireland have been at the centre of the celebration of Ireland’s national day and Budapest was no different. Since 2010, a St. Patrick’s Day parade has been celebrated on the streets of Budapest, bringing all things Irish to our Hungarian hosts and in doing so, forging closer ties between Ireland and Hungary.
We have a vibrant Irish community in Hungary, which includes our Hungarian friends of Ireland, and we have been lucky in recent years to be able to tie our St. Patrick’s Day gala dinner and entertainment with a parade and of course the greening of landmarks across Hungary as part of Irelands global greening.
Having had a two year hiatus due to the Covid-19 crisis, we managed to celebrate with a dinner this year at the Kempinski hotel. It was a well attended event and in 2023 we want to go a step further with not only a gala dinner but also a return of the parade through Budapest.
Of course these events do not happen on their own and in fact take a lot of organising, to which we are very grateful to the volunteers in our community who worked so hard every year to bring our St. Patrick’s Day to life. We are now looking to our great community to come together as we prepare for our bigger and better celebrations in 2023.
The Embassy of Ireland and the IHBC would like to invite you to the Irish Ambassador’s Residence (26 Lepke Utca 1026 Budapest) on the 27th of June from 18:30 to help build our team to deliver SPD Budapest 2023! Please come and get involved in this exciting and fun initiative as part of Team Ireland.
Please register on Eventbrite here by Monday 20th of June.
Best Regards agus slainte,
Ronan Gargan, Ambassador of Ireland
Damien O’Kane, President of the IHBC