The Embassy of Ireland will celebrate 90 years of Ireland-U.S. relations by hosting a free outdoor concert with traditional music and dancing at Washington’s Dupont Circle on Oct. 5, from 2 to 4 P.M.
Performers include the local Irish Inn Mates & Friends (click here for video), Bog Band, dancers from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance and Shannon Dunne Dance, plus “Irish surprises”, the Embassy has announced.
On Oct. 7, 1924, the Irish Free State’s very first ambassador, Timothy Smiddy, presented his credentials to President Calvin Coolidge.
Since then, Ireland-U.S. diplomatic relations “have gone from strength to strength,” the Embassy said in a statement.
Ireland’s Ambassador Anne Anderson, the nation’s first female ambassador to the U.S., has been in the post since August 2013.
“The economic relationship is flourishing, with trade, investment, and tourism reaching new levels,” Ambassador Anderson says on the Embassy website. “On the cultural front, almost every day brings exciting new developments.”
So join the excitement on Oct. 5.
For more info: Embassy of Ireland, 2234 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., 202-462-3939. Tourism Ireland, www.tourismireland.com, and www.ireland.com/en-us.