H.E. An Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar’s Message on Diwali Festival of Lights



Ireland India Council in conjunction with Dublin City Council celebrated Diwali-Festival of Lights on 19 October in the City Hall. Councillor Daithi Doolan along with other dignitaries and 200 invited guests enjoyed this relaxed evening over Dance, music and Indian delicacies.

Dr Meghana Rao Vasisht presented beautiful Bharatnatyam dance, Mullingar's legend singer Ray Dolan sang amazing Irish and International songs and Malahar band lead by Pintu Lohar presented incredible Indian songs.

Councillor Daithi Doolan welcomed the guest and highlighted Irish-Indian links and work of Ireland-India Council with Dublin City Council in the areas of social inclusion, arts, culture and business. Bank of Ireland Director Colin Kingston spoke about BOI role in helping communities. Chief Executive of the Ireland India Council Prashant Shukla highlighted significance of Diwali.

Public representatives across the party lines, prominent members of Irish-Indian community, DCC officials, members and office bearers of the IIC were in the attendance.

The Diwali celebration in the City Hall was an amazing evening, attended by many nationalities who come together to light the lamps.

Ireland-India Council sincerely thanks to Dublin City Council, Bank of Ireland, City Hall Staff, IIC staff and volunteers, Caterers-Spice Village, guests and public representatives for making this event a huge success. We also thanks to RTE for the coverage and report on all aspects of the events at 9 pm News.

Photographs courtesy and credit of the Eric Byrne, thank you Eric for beautiful pictures.

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India Day 2017 was a great success with a large gathering of Irish- Indian community. The Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann (Speaker of the Irish Parliament), An Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister), Chargé d' Affaires of Embassy of India along with many TD’s and Senators were the Guests of Honor. People enjoyed three hours long cultural presentation along with Indian food, yoga, craft and mindfulness workshop.

Dr J. S. Puri presented Life time Achievement Award to Mr M.L. Shourie. All prominent members of the Indian community were invited to the reception hosted in honor of the Irish dignitaries along with officials of Indian Embassy and our team members as well volunteers.

Our sincere gratitude goes to the Ceann Comhairle, Tánaiste, Ambassador of India, Office of Public works, officials of Farmleigh House and Estate, Dublin City Council, An Garda Síochána and Dublin Civil Defense for their support.

Our heartfelt thanks goes to all cultural performers, volunteers, sponsors, food stall holders and all attendees who came from across the Ireland to attend 3rd India Day at Farmleigh Estate.

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International Yoga Day - 21st June 2017

The Ireland India Council in collaboration with the INMO celebrated the International Yoga Day at Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim Co. Meath. A special session for Yoga and Mindfulness was conducted by Aparna Shukla for the Industrial Relations Officers. 

21st June is The International Yoga Day. The word ‘Yoga’ derives from Sanskrit (An ancient Indian language) which means to unite, symbolizing the union of body, mind & soul. Although Yoga has its roots in India but today it is practiced all around the world in one or the other form. 
United Nations recognised Yoga’s universal appeal and on 11 December 2014, The United Nations proclaimed 21st June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. This day is celebrated all across the globe to raise awareness about Yoga & its holistic approach to health.