• Helen Watchirs with Nessa Delaney and her husband , Ambassador of Ireland Noel White

    Helen Watchirs with Nessa Delaney and her husband , Ambassador of Ireland Noel White

  • Genevieve Jacobs and Claudia Hyles

    Genevieve Jacobs and Claudia Hyles

  • Anne and Rod Cahill-Lambert with Nor and Mark Blumer

    Anne and Rod Cahill-Lambert with Nor and Mark Blumer

  • Susan and Gary McGiuern.

    Susan and Gary McGiuern.

  • Sean and Marie Cahill, Meiri Robertson and Martha McEvoy

    Sean and Marie Cahill, Meiri Robertson and Martha McEvoy

  • Isabel Jermin

    Isabel Jermin

  • Ruaidhri Murphy and Celeste McBow

    Ruaidhri Murphy and Celeste McBow

  • Sir Peter Lawler and Eddie Stevens

    Sir Peter Lawler and Eddie Stevens

  • Gai Brodtmann and Chris Uhlmann

    Gai Brodtmann and Chris Uhlmann

  • Muthoni Kamau-Albrecht and Orsa Hasselgard-Rowe

    Muthoni Kamau-Albrecht and Orsa Hasselgard-Rowe

  • The Liz Gregory Irish Dancers

    The Liz Gregory Irish Dancers

  • The Liz Gregory Irish Dancers

    The Liz Gregory Irish Dancers

  • Robin Stuart-Harris, Anita Peterssen, Linda Peake, Anna and Bob Prosser and Barbara Stuart

    Robin Stuart-Harris, Anita Peterssen, Linda Peake, Anna and Bob Prosser and Barbara Stuart

  • Ambassador of Switzerland Marcel Stutz and his wife Esther Stutz

    Ambassador of Switzerland Marcel Stutz and his wife Esther Stutz

Saint Patrick’s Day Reception

17 March 2014

It’s the day to find a smidgen of Irish blood in your family tree, profess your love for a chilled glass of Guinness and talk the blarney with all who gather for one of the city’s most pleasant celebrations of Saint Patrick’s Day, appropriately at home with the Ambassador of Ireland, Noel White, his wife Nessa Delaney and their children.

White is a perfect host with a clever wit and disarming ability to speak to all in that lilting accent of the leprechauns (Martha Stewart has created a leprechaun trap in time for SPD, says the Irish Times) ordinary folk and nobility alike. This year’s event was an eclectic mix of Canberrans enjoying this rugby loving ambassador’s hospitality with Irish dancing and Irish music accompaniment.

The previous week he’d farewelled the Royals Rugby team off on a three game adventure to Ireland and implored them to visit his brother the local chemist in Carlow after their game there for all those fixin’s footy players need. That will be a sight for the locals.

He spoke of tourism; it’s up 20%, sport of course, heritage and culture. Also of the many new settlers we’ve welcomed – guests Susan and Gary McGiuern among them – and the influence of that Irish gene pool as we celebrate Saint Patrick’s day joining the Global Greening by going green at Old Parliament House.