07.06.2013 EU Ambassadors Luncheon
On Friday, 7 June 2013, Ambassador Charles Sheehan hosted a working
luncheon for the heads of EU member–state Embassies in Athens.
Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos was the guest of honour and
Deputy Foreign Minister, Dimitris Kourkoulas was also in
Minister Avramopoulos briefed the Ambassadors on a range of Greek
foreign policy issues and recent diplomatic initiatives of the
Greek government. Furthermore, the Minister congratulated
Ambassador Sheehan on the work done by the Irish Presidency and
presented the priorities of the Greek 2014 EU Presidency.
04.06.2013 Irish – Greek
On Tuesday 4 June 2013, the Greek-German Chamber of Industry and
Commerce and the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce
organized an Irish – Greek Forum titled
“Ways out of the crisis – The Irish Example” at
the Ledra Marriott Hotel in Athens.
Speakers at the Forum included the Greek Minister of Development
and Infrastructure, Mr. Kostis Chatzidakis, Ambassador Charles
Sheehan, the German Ambassador in Greece, Wolfgang Dold and
representatives of the Greek and Irish commercial, economic and
Ambassador Sheehan thanked the organizers of the Forum for their
initiative and gave a warm welcome to the visitors from Ireland,
Mr. Ralf Lissek, CEO of the German-Irish Chamber, Mr. Jack Golden,
Board of Director HR of CRH, Liam Ryan, CEO SAP Ireland and Werner
Schawnberg, CEO WGZ Bank Ireland.
presentation, (PDF 1303kb) Ambassador Sheehan
highlighted the recent Irish experience with key points focusing on
Ireland’s Public Finances under the EU/IMF Programme, Ireland’s
Third Successive Year of Growth , Bank restructuring
and Ireland’s Strong Growth Potential and
Programme (PDF 129kb) for the Irish – Greek Forum,
Ways out of the crisis – The Irish Example.
Refreshments and beverages offered during the event included
Guinness Stout Beer and Irish coffee!
26.05.2013 - LAASA International Food Festival benefitting
the SOS Children’s Villages
The Irish Embassy participated in the LAASA – International
Food Festival at the SOS Children’s’ Village in Vari with an
Irish stall which showcased and sold traditional culinary
delights from Ireland. All the proceeds raised by the 37
participating Embassies were donated to the SOS Children’s Village
in Vari which provides a family environment for children who do not
have parents to provide for them. Mrs. Alice Sheehan together
with her daughter Tanya welcomed visitors to our stall.
We were delighted that Greek Minister of Tourism, Ms. Olga
Kefalogianni, visited the Irish stall where Mrs. Alice Sheehan
introduced her to tasty Irish delicacies!
23.05.2013 Taoiseach Enda Kenny ‘s T.D. Official
Visit to Athens.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s T.D. visit to Athens on 23 May 2013
included a meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at the
Maximos Mansion, (Μέγαρο Μαξίμου) the
official seat of the Prime Minister of Greece, a joint press
conference following their meeting and a visit to The
Acropolis Museum where PM Samaras also hosted an official luncheon
in honour of the Taoiseach.
Prior to the meeting with PM Antonis Samaras, Taoiseach Enda Kenny
T.D. attended a Business Round Table at the Irish Embassy
which was hosted by Ambassador Charles Sheehan and attended by
representatives of various Greek business sectors.
18.04.2013 Embassy of Ireland Lecture at the Insitute
of Diplomacy and Global Affairs
Guest Speaker: Dr. Donald M.
Periphery, Core and Diaspora - Irish and Greek Migration in the
19th and 20th Century (PDF
10.04.2013 EU Ambassadors Luncheon
On Wednesday, 10 April, 2013 Ambassador Charles Sheehan hosted a
working luncheon for the heads of EU member–state Embassies in
Minister of Economy, Professor Yannis Stournaras was the guest of
honour, who despite being in the midst of negotiations with the
troika, accepted Ambassador Sheehan’s invitation to present the EU
Ambassadors with data and prospects of the Greek economy.
During the luncheon, there was extensive discussion about the Greek
government’s negotiations with the heads of the troika, the
developments in the banking sector, the course of the privatization
program as well as the crisis in Cyprus, in view of the informal
ECOFIN in Ireland on 12 April, 2013.
April 8, 2013 in Athens and April 10, 2013 in
Key Trends in European Museums of the 21st Century (PDF
Key Trends in European Museums of the 21st Century (PDF
Photos from the Acropolis Museum Event:
Prior to the lecture our guests were offered a tour of The
Acropolis Museum with our guide, Ms. Marietta Konstantinidou
The evening ended with an elegant reception hosted by H.E.
Ambassador Charles Sheehan.
27.03.2013 - Destination Ireland!
On Wednesday, March 27th, Versus
Travel, in cooperation with the Irish Embassy, hosted a
promotional event at the Versus Travel Club location in Athens
showcasing Ireland as a great tourist destination!
About 200 Club members turned out for the occasion and enjoyed
Tourism Ireland’s short documentary film, presentations,
Irish music. . . .
and lots of Irish whiskey and tasty nibbles.
The evening's raffle prize, Lily O'Briens handmade chocolates, made
for a delicious sweet ending to an informative and fun Irish
20.03.2013 – EU Ambassadors Luncheon
On Wednesday, 20 March 2013, Ambassador Charles Sheehan hosted a
working luncheon for the heads of EU member-state Embassies in
Deputy Foreign Minister, Dimitris Kourkoulas was the guest of
During the luncheon developments within the EU as well as many
issues relating to the management of the economic crisis in the
Euro Zone were discussed. Deputy Foreign Minister Kourkoulas
also informed the Ambassadors about the EU preparations for the
Greek Presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2014.
14.03.2013 - St. Patrick’s Day Reception
On the occasion of St. Patricks Day, Ambassador Charles Sheehan and
Mrs. Alice Sheehan hosted a reception at the Residence.
Guests enjoyed scrumptious Irish delicacies and beverages as well
as great sounding Irish music and dancing.
Scrumptious delicacies showcasing specialty food products - Enjoyed
An Irish party with lots of great Music and Dancing!
And Irish beverages too!
We all had a lovely time!
March 7, 2013
On March 7, Ambassador Charles Sheehan hosted the opening reception
of TheNon Zero Sum Art
Games, a part of Culture Ireland’s ‘Culture
Connects International Programme, marking Ireland’s Presidency of
the Council of the European Union.
Photos from the opening reception/event:
Artists and Diplomats in creative "art dialogue"!
Lots of things to see and do, but also lots of tasty Irish Cheese -
THE NON ZERO SUM ART GAMES IN ATHENS FROM 7MARCH – 24
The Non Zero Sum Art Games is a program
of exhibitions and performances focusing on the power that art
and people have to transform the socio/political psyche of the
public in 3 European cities; Dublin, Lisbon and Athens, all whom
have recently been hit by financial crisis. Two groups of Irish
artists will travel to Athens and Lisbon to work under financial
and time restrictions, as well as rules imposed by the curators.
The Non Zero Sum Art Games will open on
March 7th with a live video link
between all venues.
Here in Athens join us at the metamatic:taf
on 5 Normanou Street, 105 55 Athens at
20.30 to meet the artists and to see their creations.
The exhibition will features works by 5 Irish
artists; Andrew Carson, Adam Gibney, Samantha
McGahon, Matthew Nevin and Ciara Scanlan and 5 Greek
artists: George Gyzis, Kyriakos Tsiftsopoulos, Maria
Tzanakou, Panos Profitis and Stefanos Athanatos.
Photo: Irish and Greek Artists together with
Gialena Kleidara (TAF rep - first row on left.)
The Non Zero Sum Art Games is part of
‘Culture Connects International Programme’, marking Ireland’s
Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Produced by MART
and curated by Matthew Nevin and Ciara Scanlan.
February 28, 2013 –
Traditional Pitta Cutting Reception at the Embassy
On February 28th H.E. Ambassador Charles Sheehan hosted
the traditional Pitta cutting reception for the members and friends
of The Hellenic Irish Business Association (HIBA) at the
Irish Embassy in Athens.
Photo: Ambassador Charles Sheehan with
the Irish Honorary Consul in Thessaloniki, Mr. Theodoris Mavroudis
February 15, 2013 – Traditional Irish Songs at
The Acropolis Museum
On Friday, 15 February 2013 the Musical Evenings series
programme at The Acropolis Museum in Athens showcased
Traditional Irish Songs performed
by Labri Giotto (Labrini Gioti - piano/vocal) and George
Tsimbouksis (guitar), in both Irish and English addressing themes
of love, foreign lands, pastoral life and happiness!
This musical event was sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland in
Greece, on the occasion of the Irish eu2013 Presidency.
Traditional Irish Songs at The Acropolis Museum (PDF 127kb)
January 10, 2013 - Presentation of the Programme and the
Priorities of the Irish eu2013 Presidency by H.E. Ambassador
On Thursday, January 10, 2013 Ambassador Charles
Sheehan presented the Presidency Programme and the Priorities of
the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union to guests
and the media at the premises of the European Parliament
Office in Athens with an excellent turnout from all major Greek
H.E. the Ambassador of Cyprus, Mr. Joseph Joseph
presenting the traditional discus(which has become a
symbol of the EU Presidencies in Athens) to H.E. the
Ambassador of Ireland, Mr. Charles Sheehan during the launch
of the Programme and Priorities of the Irish eu2013 Presidency.
Irish eu2013 Presidency
For any information on the Irish eu2013 Presidency
– please see the official Presidency website:
Irish eu2013 Predsidency Priorities (PDF
Link to past