15/03/2015 : Minister Humphreys addresses London St Patrick’s Day Parade at end of four day trade mission
Sunday, 15th March 2015—The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is today joining Grand Marshall Barry McGuigan at the London St Patrick’s Day, at the end of a four day trade mission, as part of the Government’s ‘Promote Ireland’ programme.
The London St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, which is now in its 14th year and attracts more than 100,000 people, showcases the best of Irish music, dance, culture and arts. The parade celebrates the deep roots of Irish communities in London and the present-day vibrancy of Irishness in London. The theme for this year’s parade is ‘World of Dance’.
Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:
“I am delighted to be joining fellow Monaghan native Barry McGuigan for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in London. I have been struck by the vibrancy and enthusiasm of the Irish community in London over the last number of days. Irish culture, in particular, is hugely valued in here in the UK. For example, it is wonderful to see how readily the Yeats 2015 initiative has been embraced in London, with Yeats’ poems even being displayed on the tube.
“This four day visit to London has provided a very valuable opportunity to emphasise the important trading relationship between Ireland and the UK. The prominence of Enterprise Ireland client companies operating in London is very encouraging. As our main trading partner, our links with the UK are playing an important role in our economic recovery.
“There is a renewed sense of optimism in the Irish economy among our UK trading partners. The fact that we are on track to be the fastest growing economy in Europe for the second year in a row this year sends a very strong message to investors in the UK and acts as a positive endorsement for Irish companies seeking to enter the UK market.
“My visit to London also provided a positive opportunity to promote Ireland 2016, the Government’s initiative to commemorate the 100thanniversary of the 1916 Rising. I have encouraged the Irish community in Britain to get involved in Ireland 2016. We will be reaching out to our Diaspora across the world through a series of events and initiatives which will ensure global participation as we remember those pivotal events of 100 years ago, consider what we have achieved in the intervening period and ask ourselves what we want as a nation in the next 100 years.”