22nd November, 2012

Press Release: The 10th Ireland India Council (IIC) Foundation Day Celebrated

The Ireland-India Council (IIC) celebrated its 10th foundation day on November 22, 2012. Ireland India Council was set up 10 years ago under the leadership of professor Louis P. F. Smith, a well known economist and promoter of Irish-Indian relations.

Since its foundation IIC has been a leading organisation working to further strengthen the existing relationship and promote understanding among the Irish-Indian communities, business leaders, universities and public and private institutions between Ireland and India. Council brings together present and future leaders, intellectuals from both our countries. The council laid the groundwork for future cooperation.

John Kearns, Acting Chair of the IIC said “there have been positive reports of work done by the council, it must be stated that every such response gives energy to the council to do more”.

Prashant Shukla, Director of IIC said that IIC is instrumental in developing links in educational, commercial, cultural, economic and tourist exchanges. Scientists and scholars are working through our annual Ireland-India Science and Technology Forum. Our annual lecture series provides a platform of interaction to all stakeholders interested in Irish-Indian relations. Our cultural celebrations gave people an opportunity to learn each others culture and traditions.

On this occasion an informal brainstorming session was organised to discuss the future of the Council and the type of organisational structure and arrangements now required, which further the achievement of its aims. During the session it was noted that huge demand for services and challenges are before the council, therefor council needs to reinvent and refocus itself to provide a constructive representative presence where the interests of Ireland and India overlap. Council also needs to build, develop and exercise right influence on public policy.

First step towards the achievement of these objectives IIC new website www.irelandindiacouncil.ie went live today. The launch of the new redesigned website, which offers quick and easy access to essential information on Irish-Indian relations, is part of the organisation’s ongoing effort to enhance the quality and availability of information to members, professionals and people worldwide.

The website boasts a modern and user friendly features with Irish-Indian ethos and is divided into nine sections and six subsections and each page provides detailed information on all aspects of the organisation’s functioning.

The website has been redesigned by the IIC knowledge partners the Maxims Knowledge Services Pvt. Lt. www.maximsindia.com speaking on this occasion Maxims M D Maneesh Mishra said It is a gift to the IIC from Maximis India on the occasion of the Council’s 10th anniversary.


For further information please contact:
Ireland India Council Tel. + 353 (0) 1 4131241, Mob. + 353 (0) 87 774 8566


Notes to the Editor:
The Ireland-India Council (IIC) visualise greater economic, educational, scientific, cultural and tourism opportunities between Ireland and India. The Council explores new areas by supporting to develop communication, dialogue, mutual trust, leadership and improved understanding between leaders in business, education, and government in Ireland and India.

• Ireland-India Council formally established on 22nd November, 2002
• IIC lunched project “Integrating Indians in Ireland” in 2005
• IIC hosted two conferences Immigration & Integrations of Indians in Ireland.
• Every year IIC organise Ireland-India Science & Technology Forum.
• IIC organise contemporary Irish-Indian lecture series.
• Time to time organise business networking event.
• Celebrate Irish-Indian festivals.
• Organise trade delegations.

Further details about the council can be found at:


Caidreamh leis na Meáin & Cumarsáid Chorparáideach,
Oifigí na Cathrach, An Ché Adhmaid, Baile Átha Cliath 8, Éire
T. 01 222 2170 F. 01 2222681 info@dublincity.ie

Media Relations & Corporate Communications,
Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland
T. 01 222 2170 F. 01 2222681 info@dublincity.ie

Media Release

9th November, 2012.

Dublin Celebrates Diwali 2012

Dublin will celebrate the 2012 Diwali 'Festival of Lights' at City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2, on Monday, 12th November from 7.00pm – 9.00pm in a blaze of light.

Dublin's Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí will light one of over 200 candles, with the help of 6 year old Pratyush Shukla, representing the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance which is what Diwali is all about. Diwali in India is like Christmas in Ireland. It is the most important festival in the Hindu cultural calendar.

The Diwali festival is part of Dublin City Council's 'One City One People' initiative which promotes diversity and helps to combat racism.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí said "I would like to wish the Indian Community in Dublin and indeed further afield across our island all the very best in their Festival of Lights, (Diwali) celebration for 2012. The 2011 census showed that one in five people living in Ireland were born outside the State with a third of those born abroad living here in Dublin. The capital, therefore, has a key role to play in determining how successfully our new communities will integrate. Bringing different cultures to Dublin City is most welcome and I look forward to attending the event in City Hall, Dublin on Monday 12th November next."

The Ambassador of Ireland to India H.E. Mr. Feilim McLaughlin commented "The success of last year's Diwali celebration in Dublin was a sign of the growing relationship between Ireland and India, which is illustrated by the increasing numbers of students, artists and business people moving between the two countries. Within the next month more than 60 representatives of Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology and other third level colleges will visit India, led by Minister of State, Ciarán Cannon. A series of initiatives is also planned in the commercial and cultural spheres" The evening will see various Indian and Irish invitees lighting candles. Irish ballads will be sung with Indian classical dancing and Irish dancing. The event is hosted by Dublin City Council's Office for Integration in conjunction with The Ireland-India Council and is expected to attract hundreds of attendees from the corporate, academic and community sectors.


For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277
Dave O'Donovan, Community and Enterprise, Dublin City Council T (01) 2222388

Notes to the Editor:

One City One People
Dublin City Council's One City One People Campaign promotes diversity and equality and campaigns against racism and discrimination in Dublin city. It runs at venues around the city throughout the autumn. A full list of events is available on www.dublin.ie/onecity
• Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs
• It is celebrated in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia and other countries
• Global migration means it's now an important festival in the US, Canada, Britain, Australia and the Caribbean
• It's date is set by a lunar-solar Hindu calendar

About Diwali
Diwali is the most important festival in the Hindu cultural calendar; it takes place over five days and is widely celebrated by Indians at home and abroad. The Diwali or Deepavali festival marks the victory of good over evil. The Sanskrit word "Deepavali" means "an array of light" and signifies the victory of brightness over darkness.

About The Ireland- India council (IIC)
Ireland-India Council (IIC) is the leading organisation working to strengthen the existing relationship and promote understanding among the Irish-Indian communities, business leaders, universities and institutions of the Ireland and India. We bring together present and future leaders, intellectuals and diplomats from both our countries. Council laid the groundwork for future cooperation. Further details about the council can be found at: