• A photo with the always charming Stephen Moore, right, to send home to Ireland for Jason Murray and Lisa Doyle

    A photo with the always charming Stephen Moore, right, to send home to Ireland for Jason Murray and Lisa Doyle

  • Lisa Doyle and her brother Jason Murray

    Lisa Doyle and her brother Jason Murray

  • Greg Allan, Melissa Austin, Ambasssador Noel White and his wife Nessa Delaney and Rona Mellor

    Greg Allan, Melissa Austin, Ambasssador Noel White and his wife Nessa Delaney and Rona Mellor

  • Ambassador of Ireland Noel White delivers his annual St Patick's Day address with his usual wit and wisdom, humility and humour.........

    Ambassador of Ireland Noel White delivers his annual St Patick's Day address with his usual wit and wisdom, humility and humour.........

  • Belinda Beauman and Colin Thomas with the High Commissioner of Pakistan Naela Chohan and her husband Musa Javed  Chohan

    Belinda Beauman and Colin Thomas with the High Commissioner of Pakistan Naela Chohan and her husband Musa Javed Chohan

  • An Irish jig beside the pool with a Guinness or two or.......three!

    An Irish jig beside the pool with a Guinness or two or.......three!

  • Ellen Bradley, Kerry O'Kane, Lynn Crafter and Marie Cahill

    Ellen Bradley, Kerry O'Kane, Lynn Crafter and Marie Cahill

  • Martin McDonald, Alli Stevenson and Ann Harris

    Martin McDonald, Alli Stevenson and Ann Harris

  • Peter Whelan, President of the Canberra Irish Club and his wife Vanessa admiring the perfect backyard pool at the Irish Embassy residence.

    Peter Whelan, President of the Canberra Irish Club and his wife Vanessa admiring the perfect backyard pool at the Irish Embassy residence.

  • Tina Appiah, Mercy Debrah Karikari and Joe Appiah

    Tina Appiah, Mercy Debrah Karikari and Joe Appiah

  • Rod Lambert and Anne Cahill-Lambert, Nor Blumer, Senator Christine Milne and Mark Blumer

    Rod Lambert and Anne Cahill-Lambert, Nor Blumer, Senator Christine Milne and Mark Blumer

  • Charles Reeves, Tom Doherty and Ross McAlpine

    Charles Reeves, Tom Doherty and Ross McAlpine

  • Beath and Csaba Pakozdi

    Beath and Csaba Pakozdi

  • Margaret Evers, Paul Morrissey and Catherine Evers-Morrissey

    Margaret Evers, Paul Morrissey and Catherine Evers-Morrissey

  • Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgado, High Commissioner of Singapore Burhan Gafoor, Allan Hawke and Allan Williams.

    Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgado, High Commissioner of Singapore Burhan Gafoor, Allan Hawke and Allan Williams.

  • Antonio Gaivao from Embassy of Portugal, Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez, Ambassador of Ecuador Raul Gangotena and Ambassador of Brazil Rubem Correa Barbosa

    Antonio Gaivao from Embassy of Portugal, Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez, Ambassador of Ecuador Raul Gangotena and Ambassador of Brazil Rubem Correa Barbosa

  • Catherine McGrath, Brian Loughnane and Ambassador of Ireland Noel White

    Catherine McGrath, Brian Loughnane and Ambassador of Ireland Noel White

St Patrick’s Day at the Embassy of Ireland for 2015 was celebrated the day after the official day and on the eve of St Joseph’s Day, noted by Ambassador Noel White in his eagerly awaited address to his guests many who have or wish they had a few drops of Irish blood to boast about.  Who is the St. Joseph of this day? Well he’s described as the “foster-father” of Jesus Christ, and for that alone he deserves a day to himself.

But I digress because the happy celebration of St.Patrick’s day that the Irish have shared most generously around the world is an important day on our social calendar. You can guage that by the eclectic mix of all sorts from all echelons who gather to have a Guinness or two….or was that three as advised by the PM, in the convivial enclave that is the home of the Ambassador of Ireland Noel White, his wife Nessa Delaney and their children. It’s a family gathering and so many of Canberra’s friends of all things Irish are made so very welcome.

We mix and mingle, dance a little jig to the traditional music, watch the young girls do it properly, listen to the choir sing so beautifully, eat delicious delicacies and drink a favourite tipple. They actually serve a proper gin and tonic too which is a rarity on diplomatic drinks trays these days. But we’re really there to hear Noel White. His sense of humour is refreshing and as rare as the G&T on the circuit but he is adept at finding a not so succinct reason to gloat and this year of course the English Cricket Team – unimagineably relegated to be among White’s minnows of the cricket world – gave him an opportunity not to be missed.

Things are good and getting better for Ireland, what we have in common is part of our DNA and it behoves us all to make the trip for whatever reason because we’ll always be among friends.