St. Patrick's Day hosted first time in Quang Tri

Representatives of Quang Tri provincial authorities and other development organizations have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s National Day, in a Greening Ceremony hosted by Irish Embassy in Vietnam for the first time in Dong Ha city, Quang Tri province on Thursday evening.
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St. Patrick's Day hosted first time in Quang Tri
Elisa Cavacece, Deputy Head of Mission/Head of Development, the Embassy of Ireland, speaks at the Greening Ceremony. Photo by Hien Ngo

Representatives from the Embassy recently visited Dong Ha city in Quang Tri province as part of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Ireland (April 5, 1996 – 2021) and Vietnam and the 15th anniversary of Quang Tri-Ireland cooperation.

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, the Greening Ceremony was hosted by Deputy Head of Mission Elisa Cavacece of the Irish Embassy in Vietnam, in collaboration with Quang Tri authorities, to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland.

Speaking at a seminar prior to the Greening Ceremony, reviewing achievements in mutual cooperation with participation of provincial leadership and representatives of Irish Aid funding recipients, Deputy Chairman of Quang Tri Province People’s Committee Hoang Nam expressed appreciation for the support of the government of Ireland to humanitarian programs in the field of mine action including risk education, victim assistance and clearance.

St. Patrick's Day hosted first time in Quang Tri
Representatives of Quang Tri provincial authorities and other development organizations to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s National Day, in the Greening Ceremony in the province. Photo by Hien Ngo

Since the two countries established diplomatic ties 25 years ago, Ireland has supported Quang Tri in conducting various humanitarian projects in sustainable development for vulnerable communities in the province, which includes building of infrastructure, education on mine risks, support to ethnic minority communities, flood response and disaster risk reduction, and provision of education scholarships, as well as COVID-19 respond.

The government of Ireland has also granted more than VND 52 billion (USD 2.2 million) in non-refundable aid to extremely disadvantaged communes under Programme 135 between 2012 and 2020.

The close and fruitful cooperation between Ireland and Quang Tri showcases the breadth and depth of the partnership between Ireland and Vietnam.

St. Patrick's Day hosted first time in Quang Tri
Quang Tri's cultural and cinema centre 'goes green' on St. Patrick's Day, and Ireland Day. Photo by Hien Ngo
St. Patrick's Day hosted first time in Quang Tri
The lighting is expected to bring local people closer to Ireland. Photo by Hien Ngo

"Some 70 million people around the world have Irish ancestry and many more are friends of Ireland. Today's event in Dong Ha City is part of the huge global family of Irish people and friends of Ireland celebrating Ireland's National Day," said Deputy Head of Mission of Irish Embassy in Vietnam Elisa Cavacece.

"Quang Tri has been the first province after Hanoi being selected for hosting the Greening Ceremony until now and was the only locality being selected for organizing the event in 2021, which once again, affirmed the very special relationship," Deputy Chairman of Quang Tri People's Committee Hoang Nam shared.

Every year on the 17th March, Ireland and its people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s national day. With up to 70 million people around the world having Irish ancestry and many more friends of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a worldwide celebration.

Since 2010 a very special initiative called ‘Ireland’s Global Greening’ initiative has grown to become a major worldwide campaign in which landmark sites around the world, such as the Empire State building in New York, City Hall in London, and the Great Wall of China, will ‘turn green’ to mark St. Patrick’s Day.

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