On Wednesday 15 March, the European Parliamentary Association hosted the second edition of its Saint Patrick’s Day Party. Around 200 Members of the European Parliament, diplomats of the Council of Europe and parliamentary assistants came to celebrate the Saint Patron of Ireland and enjoy a festive atmosphere with Irish food and drinks, special gadgets and an exclusive lottery sponsored by our partner “Galeries Lafayette Strasbourg”.
St. Patrick’s Day represents an important occasion to commemorate the ongoing Irish social, economic, cultural, democratic, religious and scientific contribution to Europe over many centuries. Moreover, this year it falls in a month of critical importance, with the expected triggering of Article 50 by the UK and with the celebrations for 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome.
Yesterday evening was a night full of good vibes. Mairead McGuinness, first Vice-President of the European Parliament, and Ambassador Keith McBean, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the Council of Europe and member of our Association, opened the evening by underling with passion the attachment of Ireland to the European project and making the case for the importance of Saint Patrick’s history for the European cultural heritage.
Many good moments marked the evening, as, for instance, the lottery sponsored by Galeries Lafayette – Strasbourg, which was won by Karin Kadenbach, Member of the European Parliament, and Ambassador Miroslav Papa, Permanent Representative of Croatia to the Council of Europe and member of our Association.
The European Parliamentary Association thanks all its guests, who contributed all to make yesterday evening a night to remember.