Ambassador of Ireland to China
Greetings from the Embassy of Ireland in China.
As Ireland’s Ambassador to China, I know how important a time the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is in China and indeed for Chinese people all over the world. Here in Beijing, we are very much looking forward to 2024 and the year of the Dragon. 2024 also marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and China, and we look forward to continuing to build the relationship between our two countries.
The year of the Dragon represents good luck and health, and we warmly welcome these attributes in the year ahead.
This year we have seen the welcome reestablishment of connections in education, family and tourism between Ireland and China, and we hope to see this continue in the year to come. We really value these people to people links, and I would like to thank the Chinese community in Ireland as well as the Irish community in China for their positive contributions in this regard.
Congratulations to all who were involved in organising this year’s event – it is fantastic to see the festival go from strength to strength.
I hope that everyone celebrating, both in Ireland and in China, has a happy and peaceful Lunar New Year and enjoys the festival! My best wishes to all for 2024.