Our Diaspora on St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is an occasion on which Irish communities around the world celebrate their identity, culture and heritage as well as their connection to Ireland.

As we approach one of the most important dates in the calendar for Ireland and our Irish diaspora across the world, St Patrick’s Day, this time also marks a year since the Covid-19 pandemic first began to impact on our daily lives. While in many places we will be having a quieter St Patrick’s Day this year, we hope that you will be able to join some of the many online activities to celebrate Irish culture around the world.

Ireland takes a broad and inclusive definition of the Irish diaspora, one that reflects the rich diversity of our global community. The contemporary diaspora is composed of individuals of every background from communities in every part of the world. It includes Irish citizens living overseas, both those born in Ireland and those born abroad to Irish families, as well as the heritage diaspora, those many millions of people of Irish descent around the world. It also embraces the reverse diaspora of people who have lived, studied or worked in Ireland before returning to their home countries as well as the affinity diaspora who hold a deep appreciation for our people, places and culture. Together, these groups form the Global Irish.

Ireland’s Diaspora Strategy 2020-2025

Ireland has a new Diaspora Strategy for the period 2020-2025. The Strategy sets out what the Government will do over the next five years to support and engage with our diaspora communities around the world.

Find out more - Diaspora Strategy 2020-2025

Disapora Initiatives

Find out more below.

Rian Immigrant Center (Boston)

This community, based in Boston, supports Irish immigrants and visitors by providing crucial support services and programs.

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Celtic Junction Arts Center (Minnesota)

The Celtic Junction Arts Center (CJAC) was founded in 2016, with a mission to celebrate, promote, and preserve cultural arts and community.

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The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

The Department of Foreign Affairs are a proud sponsor of the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship in Ireland.

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Boston Currach Club

The club is home to Irish immigrants and local Irish Americans and champions developing the culture of Currach rowing in the US.

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