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2015 News & Events

November 2015

J1 Summer Work and Travel Programme – employment opportunities for Irish Summer students

20 November

Visit by President and Sabina Higgins to the US West Coast

20 November 2015

President Higgins, accompanied by his wife, Sabina Higgins visited the US West Coast from 21 – 29 October, taking in Seattle, San Francisco and Sacramento.  The official trip also included visits to both Microsoft in Redmond and Google in Mountain View, where the President had an opportunity to meet with significant numbers of Irish staff members

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD on Summer J1 Programme

12 November 2015

The US sponsoring bodies managing the great majority of Irish participants in the United States Summer Work Travel Programme (known as the J1 programme) have made public plans to introduce a requirement for applicants from countries in the Visa Waiver Programme, which includes Ireland, to pre-arrange jobs as part of their Summer 2016 J1 applications.

October 2015

Tribute by President Higgins to the First Responders and Volunteers of Berkeley

28 October 2015

Remarks by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland at a Tribute to the First Responders and Volunteers of Berkeley

Address by President Higgins at University of California, Berkeley entitled "Ending Global Hunger, Eliminating Poverty - Is this Possible?

27th October 2015

President Higgins continued his eight-day visit to the West Coast of the United States with an adress at the University of California, Berkeley, on the topic of Global Hunger

President Michael D. Higgins on official visit to West Coast, United States

21 October 2015

President Higgins will make an official eight-day visit to the West Coast of the United States from Wednesday 21st to Thursday 29th October. While the main focus of the visit will be on the cities of Seattle and San Francisco, the schedule will include visits to both Microsoft in Redmond and Google in Mountain View, where the President looks forward to meeting with a significant number of Irish staff members.

July 2015

Team Ireland at the Special Olympics

30 July 2015

Ambassador Anne Anderson attended the Special Olympics ceremony in Los Angeles with Irish Consul General Philip Grant and Vice Consul Kevin Byrne who represent Ireland in the Western United States. The Irish team consists of 128 members, 40 coaches. Actor Colin Farrell, former athlete John Treacy, who had won an Olympic silver medal at that same stadium 31 years ago and Ms. Claudine Keane joined the athletes at the opening ceremony for the walk out into the main stadium.

Join us for a Month’s Mind Commemorative Vigil

19 July 2015

On behalf of the Consulate and the Irish Immigration and Pastoral Center, I want to commend and express our deepest gratitude for the extraordinary support provided by the Irish Community in the Bay Area in response to the tragedy in Berkeley on June 16th. A month’s mind commemorative vigil will take place on Sunday 19th July at 8.30pm at the Martin Luther King Jr Civic Center Park, Berkeley. All are welcome.

June 2015

San Francisco Pride Parade 2015

28 June 2015

Consul General Philip Grant and the Irish Consulate team received the great honour of marching with the Mayor of San Francisco and the Irish Pipers at the head of the San Francisco Pride Parade 2015, along with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland teams, Irish community leaders, and J1 students. 

Visit to Alaska by Ambassador Anderson

22-27 June 2015

The Ambassador’s recent visit to Alaska highlighted the connections that exist between Ireland and Alaska and confirmed areas of mutual interest.

Global Irish Civic Forum, Dublin

3-4 June 2015

The first ever Global Irish Civic Forum will take place in Dublin Castle on 3-4 June 2015. The Forum will bring together representatives of over 140 organisations working with the Irish diaspora globally. The Forum will allow these organisations to share their experience and will also provide an opportunity to recognise the work they undertake on a daily basis to support Irish emigrants abroad as they make new lives often far from home

J1 Travel Advice Guide

2 June 2015

Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan TD recently launched a new J1 Guide‌ for those visiting the USA on a J1 visa this Summer. The guide was produced by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and was supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The guide contains helpful advice on insurance, legal issues, money, accommodation, ID, personal safety and more.

March 2015

Presidential Distinguished Service Award 2015

27 March 2015

The Award provides recognition by the Irish State for persons living abroad (primarily Irish citizens, those entitled to Irish citizenship and those of Irish descent), who have given sustained and distinguished service to Ireland and/or Irish communities abroad. Deadline for 2015 submissions is 22 April. 

January 2015

ESP Grants: Supporting the Irish Diaspora

22 January 2015

In the latest census data there are some 39 million Americans who claim Irish heritage, a figure many times larger than the current population of the island their ancestors called home. Add to this the 150,000 Irish born that now call the US their home and the size and strength of the Irish Diaspora in the United States becomes apparent.