• Patrick O'Donovan, Ireland's Minister for Tourism and Sport, Carmel Callan, Aunty Jeannette Phillips, Ambassador for Irelnd Breandan O'Caollai and Delephene Fraser

    Patrick O'Donovan, Ireland's Minister for Tourism and Sport, Carmel Callan, Aunty Jeannette Phillips, Ambassador for Irelnd Breandan O'Caollai and Delephene Fraser

  • Patrick O'Donovan, Irish Minister for Tourism and Sport with Carmel Callan and Ambassaador for Ireland Breandan O'Caollai

    Patrick O'Donovan, Irish Minister for Tourism and Sport with Carmel Callan and Ambassaador for Ireland Breandan O'Caollai

  • Ambassasdor of Ireland Breandan O'Caollai and his wife Carmel Callan

    Ambassasdor of Ireland Breandan O'Caollai and his wife Carmel Callan

  • Ross Dobson and Andrea Ho

    Ross Dobson and Andrea Ho

  • Keron Beath and Marth McEvoy

    Keron Beath and Marth McEvoy

  • Irina Logvinov and her husband Ambassador of Russia Gregory Logvinov

    Irina Logvinov and her husband Ambassador of Russia Gregory Logvinov

  • Ioanna Malliotis and Jana Grilc

    Ioanna Malliotis and Jana Grilc

  • Maire O'Callaghan and Bearnai Odoibhlin

    Maire O'Callaghan and Bearnai Odoibhlin

  • Dr Ruth Adler, former Australian Ambassador to Ireland and her husband Dr Conrad Goonerage

    Dr Ruth Adler, former Australian Ambassador to Ireland and her husband Dr Conrad Goonerage

  • Pat Dodson, Delephene Fraser and Mick Dodson

    Pat Dodson, Delephene Fraser and Mick Dodson

  • Pat Dodson and Elizabeth Smyth

    Pat Dodson and Elizabeth Smyth

  • Elizabeth and David Smyth

    Elizabeth and David Smyth

  • Maria and Allan Hawke

    Maria and Allan Hawke

St Patrick's Day @ Embassy of Ieland 2017

14 March 2017

It’s not the greenest of events. And there are no silly hats, quirky gigantic glasses and funny ties for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Embassy of Ireland , but it is one of the favourites of the usual suspects who love this party and the mix of those with plenty of Irish heritage to boast and those who wish they had some.

And so it was again for 2017 where with a new ambassador, Breandan O Caolli and his wife Carmel Callan welcomed guests to get to know the Canberrans from a formidable cross section of political, business and the social stream happy to sip a Guinness, indulge in cod croquettes and watch the energetic Irish dancers ever so close to the edge of the magnificent pool, dance delightfully.

The Dodson brothers chatted about their Irish heritage, the indefatigable Barbara Blackman held court with a formative insight into the etymology of some lovely language and Martha McEvoy and Keron Beath told of their reinvigorating of the Friends of Ireland group. Master of the organisation behind this formidable party that grows bigger every year, Elizabeth Coyle, engaged her son and his best friend to be on stand-by as pool life savers, just in case the dancers or the drinkers slipped and slid into the pool, but luckily again were not required.

The speeches were for those in close to the action, and engendered much shooshing for those outside who couldn’t hear them and continued their chatting. But we did hear the choir singing The Soldier’s Song, the national anthem of Ireland, and toasted with a cold delicious Guiness. Yes an acquired toast but I’m always assured by Irish friends it’s very good for you.

And then to the local Irish band that brought out those lovely tunes you expect to hear in an Irish pub bringing a cosy feel to this little slice of Ireland in ‘County Canberra’ where a good time was had by all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not the greenest of events. And there are no silly hats, quirky gigantic glasses and funny ties for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Embassy of Ireland , but it is one of the favourites of the usual suspects who love this party and the mix of those with plenty of Irish heritage to boast and those who wish they had some.

 

And so it was again for 2017 where with a new ambassador, Breandan O Caolli and his wife Carmel Callan welcomed guests to get to know the Canberrans from a formidable cross section of political, business and the social stream happy to sip a Guinness, indulge in cod croquettes and watch the energetic Irish dancers ever so close to the edge of the magnificent pool, dance delightfully.

 

The Dodson brothers chatted about their Irish heritage, the indefatigable Barbara Blackman held court with a formative insight into the etymology of some lovely language and Martha McEvoy and Keron Beath told of their reinvigorating of the Friends of Ireland group. Master of the organisation behind this formidable party that grows bigger every year, Elizabeth Coyle, engaged her son and his best friend to be on stand-by as pool life savers, just in case the dancers or the drinkers slipped and slid into the pool, but luckily again were not required.

 

The speeches were for those in close to the action, and engendered much shooshing for those outside who couldn’t hear them and continued their chatting. But we did hear the choir singing The Soldier’s Song, the national anthem of Ireland, and toasted with a cold delicious Guiness. Yes an acquired toast but I’m always assured by Irish friends it’s very good for you.

 

And then to the local Irish band that brought out those lovely tunes you expect to hear in an Irish pub bringing a cosy feel to this little slice of Ireland in ‘County Canberra’ where a good time was had by all.