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Recruitment notice for Embassy of Ireland local staff member

The Embassy of Ireland, Moscow, wishes to invite applications for a local staff position at the Embassy with a starting salary per month pre tax of 48,360.90 roubles (this can rise to a maximum monthly salary of 57,348.90 roubles pre tax at the top end of the scale after a number of years served in the position)

Native Russian speakers with an excellent command of English with strong inter-personal and office skills, including word processing are being sought.  Duties will include a variety of tasks and projects, including customer service provision, promotion of Ireland, administrative work, and data inputting.  The Embassy of Ireland, Moscow, is an equal opportunities employer.  Candidates should submit their CVs in English in electronic form to the Embassy via email by close of business on Friday, 31 August.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in early September (exact date to be confirmed).  For further information or clarification, please contact Ms Therese Healy at the above email address.

Nominations for the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad.
Nominations are hereby invited for the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad. 


1.     On 17 March 2012, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland, Mr. Eamon Gilmore, T.D., announced the Government’s decision to establish the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad.  The Award will provide recognition by the Irish State for persons living abroad, primarily Irish citizens, those entitled to Irish citizenship and those of Irish descent, who have made a sustained and distinguished service to Ireland and/or Irish communities abroad. The Award will not be an honours system and will not confer any legal entitlements or benefits upon the recipients, including a right to Irish citizenship. 

Eligibility Criteria

2.     Nominees for this Award should be drawn from the following areas of achievement: 
•         Irish community support;
•         Arts, culture and sport;
•         charitable works;
•         business and education;
•         peace, reconciliation and development.
3.     In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and will be required to satisfy the following additional requirements:
i.        have rendered distinguished service to the nation and/or its reputation abroad;

ii.        have actively and demonstrably contributed to Ireland and/or its international reputation and/or Irish communities abroad in at least one of the categories contained in section 2;

iii.        have a track record of sustained support and engagement with Ireland and/or its international reputation and/or Irish communities abroad over a period of not less than 5 years.

4.     While the scheme will be open to all persons living abroad, it will be primarily aimed at Irish citizens, those entitled to Irish citizenship and persons of Irish descent, who have made a sustained and distinguished service to Ireland or Irish communities abroad. 

 5.     Each submission should make clear the category under which the nomination is being made.  It should include a detailed presentation on the individual’s background and contribution to Ireland, Irish communities abroad or Ireland’s international reputation.

 6.     Nominations for the Presidential Distinguished Service Award should be forwarded to: Presidential Distinguished Service Award, Embassy of Ireland, 5 Grokholsky Pereulok, 129090 Moscow, to be received no later than 17:00 hrs on Thursday 24th May 2012. 

 7.     A High Level Panel based in Ireland will consider all nominations received from abroad and will make recommendations to the Government in respect of no more than 10 individuals in any one year.

 8.     It is expected that the first awards will be presented by the President in October/November 2012.

St. Patrick's day celebrations  


St. Patrick's Day greeting

President Higgins' St Patricks day message to Irish people at home and abroad can be viewed here


30th November 2011

Vote to select a logo for Ireland’s 2013 EU Presidency

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D. and Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton T.D. today launched an online public poll to select the logo that will represent Ireland’s EU Presidency in the first six months of 2013.

Voting is as easy as clicking on where you can find details about the four logo designs.

The poll will close at 5pm on 31 December and the winning design will be announced in early January 2012.

Certificate of Irish Heritage

The Certificate of Irish Heritage represents an acknowledgment and appreciation by the Irish State of the strong and enduring connection to Ireland felt by millions of people around the world. The Certificate recognises descendants of previous generations of Irish citizens and is a practical expression of the sense of Irish identity felt by many around the world.

Applicants for a Certificate of Irish Heritage may wish to note that:

• the Certificate does not confer citizenship or any other legal rights on the holder;
• they will be required to demonstrate an ancestral connection with Ireland; and
• the Certificate of Heritage is operated by FEXCO under license from the Department.

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Glór na nGael annual Irish language Christmas card competition

Glór na nGael holds an annual Irish language Christmas card competition for Irish speakers living overseas, as part of its efforts to promote the use of the Irish language abroad.

If  you would like to participate in the competition, further information may be obtained from the Glór na nGael website:

English :

Irish :

Deadline for Receipt of Late Applications to the Residential Institutions Redress Board

The Residential Institutions Redress Board was established to make fair and reasonable awards to persons who, as children, were abused while resident in industrial schools, reformatories and other institutions in the Republic of Ireland which were subject to state regulation or inspection.

Further information about the Board is available on its website, by e-mailing your query to or from the Board’s office at Block 5, Belfield Office Park, Beech Hill Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 4, Ireland. The Board may also be contacted by telephone on 00 353 1 2680600. In order to defray cost, if you are contacting the Board by phone please indicate you are calling from abroad and the Board’s staff will take your contact details and return your call.

The Board would like to take this opportunity to inform all potential applicants that its power to accept late applications under sections 8(2) and 8(3) of the Redress Act 2002 will cease on the 17th of September 2011. Any such late applications received on or after that date will not be accepted by the Board. This means that the Board will not accept late applications received after midnight on Friday 16th September 2011.

Please note that all applications must be submitted in writing. The Board is not in a position to accept applications electronically.

Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme

The Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme was announced by the Government as part of its Jobs Initiative with a view to promoting tourism from emerging markets.  It is due to commence on 1 July 2011.  The programme will run as a pilot up to end October 2012 but may be amended or expanded at any point depending on experience of the pilot, further information can be found here. 

Ireland reaches out to identify the descendants of its emigrants worldwide and invite them home to a very special “Week of Welcomes”

If you have Irish roots, then you might soon be receiving a letter of invitation from Ireland you may not have been expecting. Starting with a pilot project in South-East Galway, the descendants and friends of Irish emigrants are being invited to come home to Ireland this June to experience an unforgettable “Week of Welcomes”. The event is part of a new programme funded by the Irish government aimed at reconnecting the Irish diaspora, numbered by some to be over 70 million worldwide, with the homeland. The “Week of Welcomes” promises to be an extraordinary experience, where people of Irish Heritage from around the world will gather to be welcomed and engaged by Irish people in their local parish communities, in a place of common ancestry where a deep and real connection is shared.

The week is part of a pilot project which will soon become a major nationwide initiative called “Ireland Reaching Out”, with a website at “Ireland Reaching Out reverses the usual process of tracing your roots”, says founder and Chairperson Mike Feerick, who proposed the idea after the Farmleigh Global Irish Forum in 2009. “We’re facilitating local parishes in Ireland to reach out to those who left and their descendants, and reconnecting with them in a genuinely friendly way. We are looking forward to welcoming the diaspora back home for a week that we know will be an important event in the history of our relationship with the Irish abroad.”

While it’s an opportunity for cultural renewal and discovery, the week will be great fun. Special highlights include a “This Is Who You Are” Day, where participants learn about Irish history and the local history and heritage of the parish of their ancestors. Included with be tours through ancestral parishes and local tourist hotspots, including Galway City and the Cliffs of Moher; and the “reunion games”, where everyone can play on the parish team, even if your athletic skills stretch only so far as “official commiserator”!

There will be a host of learning opportunities, with workshops in activities like Irish dancing, tin whistle, genealogy, folklore, local history, Irish literature, graveyard visiting and even turf cutting, while the sporty can choose between golf, hill-walking, fishing, boating, horse riding, and be introduced to the Irish sports of Gaelic Football and Hurling. You’ll even get to enjoy all the craic as a guest at the “wedding” of Patrick and Siobhan (don’t worry: the dress code is casual and they don’t want any presents!).

Anyone with links to South-East Galway are encouraged to participate in this year’s Week of Welcomes, and those with roots in the rest of Ireland should mark their calendars for the summer of 2012, when the programme will roll out nationwide. The programme runs June 26th to July 2nd , 2011; participants may come on their own or bring friends and family. A limited number of places will be reserved in each parish this year for people who simply want to be part of this extraordinary inaugural event and do not have direct links to a specific South-East Galway parish. Costs are being kept as low as possible. For more information, visit the website at where you can read about the greater project and download the “Week of Welcomes” brochure or call Ireland Reaching Out in Ireland at 011 353 91 842013.

To learn more about getting involved, please contact:


Dolores O'Shea, Project Administrator
South-East Galway Diaspora Pilot Project
'Ireland Reaching Out'
Tel:  011-353-85 1925466


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Contact Details

Embassy of Ireland to the Russian Federation
Grokholski Pereulok 5
Moscow 129090
Посольство Ирландии в России
Грохольский пер., 5,
129090 Москва
Embassy/ Посольство

Тел/Tel: +7 495 937 5911
Факс/Fax: +7 495 680 0623

Visa Office/ Визовый отдел

Тел/Tel: +7 495 9375 900
+7 495 7373 636
Факс/Fax: +7 495 7373 637
+7 495 9375 902
Public opening hours:

Monday to Friday
09:30 to 17:30

Visa Office:
Monday to Friday
09.30 – 12.30 (for applications)
14.30 – 17.00 (helpline)

Часы работы

09.30 – 17.30

Визовый отдел:
09.30 – 12.30 (приемные часы)
14.30 – 17.00 (горячая линия)