The foundation of Irish-Indian relations was greatly strengthened by luminaries like Éamon de Valera, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Rabindranath Tagore, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, and, above all, Annie Besant and Mother Teresa.
Mr Alfred Web, an Irish parliamentarian, was invited to chair the Indian National Congress session in 1894 which is a unique
example of friendship between the people of our two countries.
During the dusk of the last century the founders of the Council felt the strong need of an organization which provides a platform for interaction between Irish and Indians and facilitate contacts in cultural, economic and the education sectors as the Indian community in Ireland was rapidly growing and business opportunities between the two emerging knowledge based economies presented immense scope for trade, commerce and collaborations in the research and development fields.
On 22nd November, 2002 the Ireland-India Council (IIC) was formally established under the leadership of Professor Louis Smith, a well known economist, who was engaged in developing Irish-Asian economic relations since the 1960’s. The Council was formed to broaden economic, commercial, educational, tourism and cultural links between Irish and Indian companies, individuals and institutions.
Since the inception, the council has actively engaged in the range of activities, which are promotional, information sharing, policy & advocacy, training, cultural familiarization, celebrations and services to its members and clients ranging from individual, business companies, universities, colleges and government agencies.