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Ireland – India Council Celebrates Diwali

Dublin, 5th November, 2010,

The Ireland – India Council (IIC) established eight years ago, to promote and develop business, cultural and political links between Ireland and India, today, celebrated Diwali (Festival of Lights) at its H.Q. in Synge Street, Dublin.
Diwali is the most important festival in the Hindus religious and cultural calendar; it takes place over five days and is widely celebrated by Indians at home and abroad.
The Council has some 25 corporate members from business education and civil society organizations throughout Ireland and some 100 guests turned up to celebrate the festival and participate in a program of varied Irish and Indian song, music and dance and to sample the delights of Indian cuisine.
Guests of Honour at the function were Minister for Integration, Ms Mary White T.D.; Minister for Innovation, Mr Conor Lenihan T.D.; Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Gerry Breen; His Excellency the Indian Ambassador Mr P.S. Raghavan. The Cathaoirligh of Fingal and Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Councils were also present as was Cllr. Eric Byrne, whose many talents include professional photography.
Minister Mary White paid tribute to the great contribution that the Indian community had made to Irish society. Minister Conor Lenihan said “that the IIC was the most progressive group of this nature that I have met and I praise their contribution to the formation of integration in Ireland” Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen enthused about the Councils promotion of Indian culture in conjunction with Dublin City Council. Ambassador Raghavan said that the harmonious manner in which Indian people had become part of the social fabric of Ireland was a source of great satisfaction, and the retention of their cultural links to their homeland is hugely important.
Irish dance was performed by the Kevin Warren group, Indian Tabla (drums) by Rishi Sharma and traditional Indian dance by Vishnu and Uma.
Other prominent guests among the gathering were Professor Brain Norton- President of Dublin Institute of Technology, Mr Joe Crockett- County Manager of Kilkenny County Council, Mr David Kennedy- founder of The Echo, Mr Paddy Banks former Advisor to the Minister for Integration, Mr John Kearns and Mr Sailesh Burada IIC Board Members.
In conclusion, Prashant Shukla, Director of the Ireland - India Council expressed himself very satisfied with the function, which he said gave  clear evidence of how solid were the links between the Indian and host communities in Ireland. Ms Loreto Redmond of the Ireland-India Council thanked the guests.
For further information please contact to: Ms Loreto Redmond on 086-2657024
Thursday 25 February, 2010 at 2.00pm
at the Helix, DCU, Collins Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin9.
The Ireland-India Council (IIC) and Dublin City University (DCU) are pleased to invite media representatives to the Ireland-India Science and Technology Forum on Thursday 25 February, 2010 at 02.00pm to 05.00pm at the Helix, DCU, Collins Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin9.
The purpose of the forum is to promote and catalyze Irish-Indian collaborations in the field of science & technology and joint doctoral research. A Program of Cooperation in Science & Technology was concluded by the governments of Ireland and India in May 2009, which provides the framework for researchers in both countries to develop joint research projects in various disciplines of Science & Technology with the support of both governments. 
Speaking in advance of the Forum, Indian Ambassador P. S. Raghavan said, “There is a strong partnership in Science & Technology between India and the European Union. Ireland has positioned itself as a European hub for innovation and India has the world’s third largest pool of scientific and technical manpower. There are obvious synergies. I believe the Forum will provide the opportunity for Irish researchers to exchange experiences of research links with India and to draw attention to new possibilities”. 
The key speakers in the Forum are: H E Mr P S Raghavan, Ambassador of India to Ireland, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, President of Dublin City University, Dr Ruth Freeman, Director Enterprise and International Affairs, Science Foundation Ireland, Professor Eamonn Cashell, Cork Institute of Technology Dr. Conor O’ Carroll, Research Director, Irish Universities Association (IUA) and Irish Representative for 7 EU Framework Program, Professor Richard O’ Kennedy, Dublin City University, Dr. Satish Kumar, Queen's University Belfast, Professor Michael Coey, Trinity College Dublin, Mr. Aidan Hodson, Principal Officer, Office of the Science, Technology & Innovation, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Professor Brian Norton, President, Dublin Institute of Technology.
About Ireland-India Council (IIC)
Ireland-India Council (IIC) is the leading organization 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 lay the groundwork for future cooperation.
About Dublin City University (DCU)
Dublin City University is a research led University which has developed its own research Specialists, established internationally recognized centers of excellence that have substantive collaborative links with leading universities and industrial partners. These research centers have transcended traditional boundaries and have been extended to include combinations of academic disciplines such as biotechnology, electronic engineering, physics and chemistry. DCU staff has had an unparalleled success in winning external competitive project-centred research funds and securing large-scale research collaborations with industrial partners.
Please plan to cover this event to give the positive publicity to the speakers they deserve. For the registration and further information please contact following media contacts.
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Media Contact:
Prashant Shukla
E-mail: Prashant@irelandindiacouncil.ie , Phone: +353-1-4131241, Mobile: +353(0)877748566