Ireland In South Africa

Find out about Ireland’s trade, community, cultural, diplomatic and business activities in South Africa

Diplomatic relations were established between South Africa and Ireland 30 years ago, but links between the two countries go back further.

Shared experiences of colonialism, struggle and challenge between our countries inform similar perspectives on our world today.

We work in co-operation in international affairs, particularly at multilateral organisations such as the UN. Human rights and development issues are central to the foreign policy of both countries.


increase in Irish good exported to South Africa in 2022

R6,381 million

of South African good were exported to Ireland in 2022


Nelson Mandela visited Ireland, just five months after being released from prison

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Embassy of Ireland, South Africa

The Embassy works to:

  • promote and protect Irish interests
  • strengthen political and economic relationships
  • support the Irish community
  • advance cultural ties and promote Irish arts.