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Nepal Ireland Day to promote Visit Nepal 2020 Campaign

posted Aug 9, 2019, 1:11 AM by Deepesh Shakya

The Embassy of Nepal in London, Nepal Tourism Board, and Nepal Ireland Society are jointly organizing 'Nepal Ireland Day' on 8th September 2019, to promote “Visit Nepal 2020” campaign and to celebrate the friendship between the two countries. The event will take place at Farmleigh, Phoenix Park in Dublin. 
 
The event will comprise of a cultural program with performances from both Nepalese and Irish artists. The event will also include an electronic photo exhibition of photographs taken by Irish tourists, Nepalese Handicraft Stalls, Travel Agencies and Airlines Stalls and various other activities and performances.
 
Nepal Ireland Day is the biggest event in Ireland that commemorates the ever-growing friendship and links between Nepal and Ireland. The event will be a showcase of Nepalese Culture, Nepal’s Heritage, Nepal’s potential as a trading hub and portraying Nepal as one of the top holiday destinations in the world. 
 
In connection with Nepal Ireland Day 2019, President of Nepal Ireland Society Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya expressed his hope that this annual event will continue to help flourish the relations between Nepal and Ireland at both country and people to people level. Mr. Shakya reiterated his goal of bringing 5000 Irish tourists to Nepal in 2020. The entire team at Nepal Ireland Society are gearing up to promote the campaign on the day where the organizers are expecting to get more than 15,000 visitors.
 
Nepal Ireland Society has been organizing Nepal Ireland Day since 2013 with support from Office of Public Works (OPW), Ireland. This year’s Nepal Ireland Day is supported by South Dublin County Council and ICD Business School. 

Effort to bring 5000 Irish Tourists for Visit Nepal 2020 begins in Dublin

posted Jul 27, 2019, 1:27 AM by Nepal Ireland Society   [ updated Jul 27, 2019, 9:43 AM by Deepesh Shakya ]

In the joint collaboration with the Embassy of Nepal London and Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Ireland Society organized Visit Nepal 2020 campaign promotion program in Dublin, Ireland on 22nd July 2019. The event was called “ Everest 2019 - Story from the Ground”. 


Ireland’s prolific mountaineer Mr. Noel Hanna, who summited Mt. Everest in 2019, shared his experience of climbing Mt. Everest this year. One of the main objectives of the event was to provide factual information regarding negative publicity that Everest gathered in 2019. Mr. Noel holds the coveted record of being an Irishman to climb Mt. Everest for the highest number of times. In 2019, he summited Mt. Everest for the 9th time.  


There were more than 100 Irish mountaineering enthusiasts who attend the event. All of them were very keen to visit Nepal; some of them are planning to visit Nepal again. Some of the attendees who have been to Nepal shared their experience of their Nepal visit where they fondly remembered the hospitality of Nepalese people and the Momo they had during their stay. The attendees were unanimous in their appreciation for the hospitality offered to them. 


President of Nepal Ireland Society and the Chief coordinator of Nepal Tourism Board’s Experience Nepal Campaign Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya requested the attendees to visit Nepal. He said that between 2016 and 2018, 2500 Irish people visited Nepal on average each year. He said he is currently targeting to get 5000 tourists from Ireland to visit Nepal in 2020 to contribute towards Nepal Government’s target of bringing in 2 million tourists in 2020. 


At the onset of the event, Nepal Ireland Society Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Fenlon honored Mr. Noel Hanna with Nepal’s trademark pashmina shawl, Vice President Mr. Jivan Timalsina offered a badge and society’s President Mr.Deepesh Man Shakya handed over felicitation certificate with a thank you note to Mr. Noel for his contribution towards the promotion of Nepal Tourism abroad, particularly in Ireland. 


Joint Secretary Ms. Alison Irwin hosted the event and Joint Treasurer Mr. Balkrishna Shrestha and Executive Member Mr. Chet Raj Oli offered ‘Khada’ to the attendees. Dr. Patrick O’Sullivan, from Mountaineering Ireland and also an executive member of Nepal Ireland Society, gave a vote of thanks.



Nepal-Ireland Parliamentary Frienship Group formed

posted May 26, 2019, 4:54 AM by Nepal Ireland Society


We are delighted to announce that after tireless lobbying in numerous meetings spearheaded by Nepal Ireland Society, the Federal Parliament of Nepal has formally established Nepal Ireland Parliamentary Friendship Group comprising 9 Honorable members of House of Representatives (Lower House) and National Assembly (Upper House) under the convenorship of Hon. Radha Kumari Gyawali who is also a former minister. It is another big milestone for Nepal Ireland Society after the formation of Ireland Nepal parliamentary Friendship group in Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament) in 2017 which was the result of more than 2 years of incessant effort by Nepal Ireland Society.

With the establishment of Nepal Ireland Parliamentary Friendship Group, Nepal-Ireland relations have entered into a new phase. We, at Nepal Ireland Society, strongly believe it will further foster the areas of co-operation between the two countries.

On 18th May 2019, We organised an interaction program in Kathmandu with the convener and a member (Member of Parliament Hon. Lal Prasad Sanwa Limbu) of Nepal-Ireland Parliamentary Friendship Group. Also in attendance were former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament Hon. Madhav Kumar Nepal, former Finance Minister and Member of Parliament Hon. Surendra Pandey and Member of Parliament Hon. Dibya Mani Rajbhandari.

At the interaction event, we also launched 'Nepal Health Book' which is the joint effort of Ireland-Nepal Parliamentary Friendship Group and Nepal Ireland Society. This book highlights the areas of possible cooperation between Nepal and Ireland in Nepal's health sector. The book was formally launched by former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament Hon. Madhav Kumar Nepal. At the event, president of Nepal Ireland Society Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya and General Secretary Mr. Gangaram Kandel provided an overview of society's effort in strengthening relations between Nepal and Ireland.

Soft copy of the book can be downloaded from the link below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/18EJBqsWqK7irH75h7RpAeclDa_VBlhgU/view?fbclid=IwAR0FykJJoC82wTLABjI6k2wy_YIDCodkWUc8LlClPMg9YBMs22IKhLZJ-GY

Images: https://photos.app.goo.gl/28sVUdTefXQdRkNn7

Nepal Ireland Society and Chitwan Samaj Ireland to jointly organize cultural night

posted Jan 15, 2019, 8:57 AM by Nepal Ireland Society

15th Jan 2019 - Nepal Ireland Society and Chitwan Samaj Ireland are jointly organising Nepalese Cultural Event on 25th February 2019 at Teachers Club in Dublin.  Nepal's popular comedian Mr. Sandeep Chhetri & singer Ms. Indira Joshi will be travelling to Ireland to perform at the event along with the local artists. Around 400 people from Nepalese community in Ireland are expected to attend the event. 

More information on this event can be found at http://chitwansamajireland.org/?tribe_events=cultural-events

Nepal Ireland Day 2018 Concluded Successfully

posted Sep 18, 2018, 6:30 PM by Nepal Ireland Society

The Embassy of Nepal in London, Nepal Ireland Society, Nepal Tourism Board, and NRNA Ireland jointly organized 'Nepal Ireland Day' on 9th September 2018, to promote “Experience Nepal - Cuisine and Culture” campaign and celebrate the 19th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Ireland. The event was a huge success with more than 8000 visitors. 

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), a government authorized board for tourism activities in Nepal, has launched its global campaign named ‘Experience Nepal - Cuisine and Culture’ (ENCC) to promote Nepal’s tourism. The campaign targets to especially focus on internationalizing Nepalese food.  
 
The event comprised of Nepalese cultural programme, Nepal photo exhibition with photographs taken by Irish tourists, Nepalese Handicraft Stall,  stalls of Irish NGOs who work in Nepal, Nepalese ethnic fashion show, Nepal mountaineering talk programme by Irish Mountaineers and felicitation of Irish Mountaineers who have summited the top 10 highest mountains in Nepal.  

Nepal Ireland Day is the biggest Nepalese event in Ireland that commemorates the ever growing friendship and links between Nepal and Ireland. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the convener of Ireland Nepal Parliamentary Friendship group and member of Irish Parliament Ms. Maureen O’Sullivan  said she is delighted to be part of the celebration and reassured the parliamentary friendship group will be putting every effort to strengthen relations between Nepal and Ireland and also increase collaboration between the two countries in trade, investment, technology and other areas. 

Nepal’s former Minister for Tourism, Culture and Civil aviation Mr. Kripasur Sherpa, who came from Nepal to attend the event, expressed his excitement to see such a mega Nepalese event being organised in Ireland. He said there is an opportunity for Ireland and Nepal to collaborate specially in tourism sector to tap the economic benefit of the tourism industry. Former Minister Ms. Sherpa felicitated Irish Mt. Everest Summiteers Mr. Dawson Stelfox, Mr. Noel Hanna, Mr. Rob Mortell and Mr. Derek Mahon by offering Nepalese Bhaad-Gaaule Topi (Nepalese Hat) and a Khada.  

The guest of honor Fingal County Council Mayor Cllr Anthony Lavin and Second Secretary  at Embassy of Nepal London Mr. Lawa Subedi also addressed the opening ceremony. Also present at the opening ceremony was Military Attache at Embassy of Nepal, London Colonel Kumar Babu Thapa Chettri. 
 
President of Nepal Ireland Society and the chief coordinator of Nepal Tourism Board’s Experience Nepal - Cuisine and Culture campaign- Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya welcomed the guests and introduced the executive committee members of both Nepal Ireland Society and NRNA-NCC Ireland by calling them on the stage. Mr. Shakya also handed over invitation to visit Nepal from the Speaker of Nepal’s House of Parliament Mr. Krishna Bahadur Mahara to the Speaker of Irish Parliament Mr. Seán Ó Fearghaíl, to the convener of Ireland Nepal Parliamentary Friendship group Ms. Maureen O’Sullivan. 

The mountaineering talk programme was attended by Irish trekking and climbing enthusiasts. Mr. Dawson Stelfox, Mr. Noel Hanna, Mr. Seamus Lawless, Ms. Jenny Copeland and Mr. Daithí Ó Murchú shared their mountaineering experience in Nepal. 

One of the highlights of the event was the Nepalese Ethnic Fashion Show. Nepalese artists residing in Ireland showcased Nepal’s cultural dresses as the host of the event Ms. Alison Irwin read out a brief description for each ethnicity. A myriad of talented Nepalese artists performed at the cultural programme. A ground full of local people had their eyes glued to the stage throughout the day.

President of NRNA-NCC Ireland Mr. Nabaraj Koirala and Chief Public Relations Office and Vice President and Nepal Ireland Society Mr. Jivan Timalsina gave a vote of thanks on behalf of NRNA-NCC Ireland and Nepal Ireland Society respectively. 

The Experience Nepal campaign will serve as a preparation for the Nepal government announced year 2020 as Visit Nepal year where the target is to bring two million tourists to Nepal in 2020. 
 
Nepal Ireland Society has been organizing Nepal Ireland Day since 2013 with support from Office of Public Works (OPW), Ireland. 

Please click on the links below for images from the event:


Ireland And Nepal Share Many Common Interests: President of Ireland Dr. Higgins

posted Aug 24, 2018, 7:08 PM by Nepal Ireland Society

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins said that Ireland and Nepal are geographically far away but they do share many common humanitarian values and culture.

Addressing the Special Ceremony on Nepal-Ireland Friendship Day, President Higgins said that Nepal and Ireland secured the membership of United National same day saying Ireland and Nepal share common views on many international issues.

He also said that Ireland and Nepal is contributor to UN Peacekeeping serving different conflict zone to restore peace and order. President of Ireland also said that Nepalese constitution is one of the best democratic and inclusive constitutions.

President Higgins also unveiled a poem of Irish Poet translated by ambassador Dr. Subedi in Nepali. Organised a special program to mark 20 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Republic of Ireland in Dublin, Nepali Ambassador to United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi said that it is a matter of privilege to welcome president of Ireland in the program. Ambassador Dr. Subedi thanked president of Ireland attending the program to celebrate twenty years of establishment of diplomatic relations.

Addressing the program ambassador Dr. Subedi said that Nepalese are small in group in Dublin but they are active. “There are around 3000 Nepalese in Ireland but they have been organising various programs to promote Nepalese culture,” said Dr. Subedi. Ambassador Dr. Subedi said that Nepal’s new constitution is one of the best inclusive constitution which guarantees democratic and human rights of the people.

Attended by large number of high level people from Ireland including chief justice, ministers and diplomats based in Dublin, member of Ireland’s Parliament also addressed the program.

Conducted by third secretary of Embassy Bhupendra Ghimire, President Higgins also conferred eight Nepalese Deepesh Man Shakya, Ganesh Prasai, Gangaram Kandel, Jeevan Timilsina, Krishna Kumar Dangol, Nawaraj Koirala, Rajendra Kafle and Sarada Khatri Pyatrik for their contribution in promoting and protecting Nepalese language, culture and music in Ireland.

This is a first such a public program organised by Nepalese Embassy in Ireland.

Source: https://www.spotlightnepal.com/2018/08/22/ireland-and-nepal-share-many-common-interests-president-ireland-dr-higgins/






Nepal Evening concludes with a grand success

posted Jul 5, 2018, 11:57 AM by Nepal Ireland Society   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 11:59 AM ]

 


2nd July 2018The Embassy of Nepal in London, Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Ireland Society and NRNA Ireland are jointly organizing 'Nepal-Ireland Day' on 9th September 2018, aimed towards promoting the campaign of “Experience Nepal - Cuisine and Culture” and enhancing people to people relations between Nepal and Ireland. The event will take place at the Farmleigh, Phoenix Park in Dublin. The event was announced at ‘Nepal Evening’ programme organized in Dublin on 2nd July 2018. 

Gracing the ‘Nepal Evening’ programme as the Chief Guest, the convener of Ireland-Nepal Parliamentary Friendship Group and Member of Irish Parliament Ms. Maureen O’Sullivan said that she was delighted to see the growing link between Ireland and Nepal. She assured that the parliamentary friendship group would do its best to further enhance the ties between the two friendly countries. 

The ‘Nepal Evening’ was also organized to commemorate first year anniversary of the establishment of Ireland-Nepal Parliamentary Friendship Group and unveiling of the Nepal Heritage Cuisine Recipe Book which was published as part of the Experience Nepal - Cuisine and Culture (ENCC) campaign.  Nepalese restaurants in Ireland were handed over the recipe book and were requested to help globalize Nepal heritage cuisine through their respective restaurants. Irish Mt. Everest Summiteer of 2018 Ms. Louise Mcevoy and Irish trekker, Mr. Daire Rice successfully participated in the EBC trekking in 2017 shared their experiences and urged the audiences to visit Nepal to see the magnificent  beauty of nature and experience the unique culture and warmth of hospitality. Similarly, Ms. Moira Lawson, Dr. Fiona Gallaher and Ms. Fran Lynch also shared their wonderful experience they had during trip to Nepal. 

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), a government agency for promoting tourism activities in Nepal, has launched its global campaign named ‘Experience Nepal - Cuisine and Culture’ to promote Nepal’s tourism. The campaign especially targets to focus on internationalizing Nepalese cuisine in abroad. It may be noted that the Government of Nepal has declared the year 2020 as the visit Nepal year whose target is to bring two million tourists to Nepal. The Experience Nepal Campaign will serve as a step forward for supporting the dream project of Visit Nepal 2020.  
 
The Nepal-Ireland Day on the 9th of September will comprise a cultural programme with performances from both Nepalese and Irish artists. The event will also include an exhibition of photographs taken by Irish tourists, Nepalese Handicraft Stalls, Travel Agencies and Airlines Stalls and various other activities and performances.

Nepal-Ireland Day is the biggest event in Ireland that commemorates the ever growing friendship and links between Nepal and Ireland. The event will be a showcase of Nepal’s culture, heritage and potentiality of trading hub as one of the top holiday destinations in the world. 

His Excellency Ambassador of Nepal to the UK and Ireland, Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi said, - the "Relations between Nepal and Ireland have reached a new height further strengthening   the bonds of friendship  not only on government levels but also people to people levels.  There are many sectors where Nepal and Ireland can collaborate for the mutual benefits of the people of both countries.  Events like ‘Nepal- Ireland Day’ will greatly contribute to this cause.”

In connection with Nepal-Ireland Day 2018, President of Nepal-Ireland Society, Nepal Tourism Board Honorary Public Relation Representative for Ireland and the chief coordinator of ENCC campaign- Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya said, - "Nepal-Ireland Day, the annual event led by Nepal-Ireland Society, has established itself as a symbolic  event to represent the growing relations between Nepal and Ireland. ”

Mr. Shakya said - “Nepal-Ireland Society has been actively working towards different activities to establish tangible links between Nepal and Ireland through h its various activities. The high level visits between the two countries, collaboration in education, technology, research and opportunities for trade and investments would also be instrument in further promoting the close relationship”. 

President of Non-Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA) - Ireland,  Mr. Nabaraj Koirala said that the association has been organizing different events to bring Nepalese community in Ireland together. He also mentioned that the association would be actively involved in organizing different segments of Nepal-Ireland Day to make this annual event successful.   

Nepal-Ireland Society has been organizing Nepal-Ireland Day since 2013 with support from the Office of Public Works (OPW), Ireland. 

More than fifteen thousand Irish people are expected to visit Nepal-Ireland Day this year. Organizers are desperately spreading publicity on social media through various channels with extensive advertisements.                                           

Participation in South Dublin Food Festival

posted Jun 30, 2018, 2:23 PM by Nepal Ireland Society   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 11:51 AM ]

24th Jun 2018. At the initiation of the Nepal Ireland Society, Nepalese community in Ireland participated in the Flavours of South Dublin Food Festival that took place in Rathfarnham Castle Park, Dublin. The event was organized by South Dublin County Council. More than 8,000 local people thronged the event which turned out to be one of the highly attended events of such kind in Dublin.

Amongst many other countries, Nepal’s handicraft stall was a major attraction with a huge array of traditional handmade items such as pashmina shawls, lanterns and bags. As part of Nepal Tourism Board’s Experience Nepal – Cuisine and Culture campaign, the stand also served Nepalese Heritage Cuisine - Wo (Lentil Pancake), Aloo Sadeko (Potato Salad), Rajma Simi (Fried Red Kidney beans) and Lamb Chhoyela for tasting. The visitors were enthralled by the colourful Nepalese Handicrafts and appreciated the taste of the cuisine.

Another segment in Nepal’s participation at the food festival comprised of Nepalese Heritage Cuisine live cooking demonstration. This was done by Mr. Bal Krishna Shrestha, a Nepalese chef who works in Radisson Blu in Dublin. The fully booked Irish audience keenly observed the preparation of Bara (Lentil Pancakes) and Lamb Chhoyela (Lamb Salad).  They were inquisitive and full of praise when the prepared food was served to the audience.

NRN-Ireland co-ordinated the cultural performances at the event. Three Nepalese dances were performed on stage in front of thousands of local people. The performances from Nepalese artists were very energetic, the audience were seen dancing along with them, despite the language barrier.

The president of Nepal Ireland Society and the Chief Co-ordinator of Experience Nepal – Cuisine and Culture campaign Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya said – “The participation in the food festival was very successful and meaningful. It helped to showcase Nepalese culture, food and handicrafts in Ireland”. Mr. Shakya added the society is planning to participate in similar other events in future to promote Nepal and many wonders that this country holds.


Nepal Stall: https://photos.app.goo.gl/J8TpVpZTnxvN4PQu8

Nepal Heritage Cuisine Cooking Demo: https://photos.app.goo.gl/UwPrzyXXR4t5dkVZA

Nepal Heritage Cuisine Food Tasting: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oBP2svkTeupVBJrL8





-Bimi Shrestha


Nepal Heritage Cuisine Food Tasting Event

posted May 27, 2018, 3:00 AM by Deepesh Shakya   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 11:56 AM by Nepal Ireland Society ]

Venue - Bhansa Ghar,  unit 1, Saint Gabriel's Court, Old Bray Road, Kilbogget, Dublin 18, D18 A9Y6
Date: 10th June 2018, Sunday

Three Course Meal
 - Starter - 6 Heritage Cuisine items
 - Main Course - Dal Bhat Tarkari
 - Dessert - Sikarni



  


Meeting with Ireland Nepal Parliamentary Friendship Group and Nepalese Food Tasting

posted Feb 3, 2018, 2:52 PM by Nepal Ireland Society

3rd February 2018. Nepal Ireland Society and Nepal Tourism Board organized an event in Dublin as part of Experience Nepal campaign to showcase Nepal’s authentic food. The event was participated by Irish Members of Parliament Ms. Maureen O’Sullivan TD and Mr. Sean Crowe TD. The event was also attended by members of Nepal Ireland Society and representatives of various organisations based in Ireland.


At the event, Bhansa ghar, a local Nepalese restaurant served authentic Nepalese taste with Momo, Dalbhat Tarkari etc. It was very well received by the Irish Parliamentarians who were keen to know how the food is prepared. They showed interest in tasting more authentic Nepalese food in future.


Nepal Tourism Board, through its Experience Nepal campaign, is planning to market 20 authentic Nepalese food worldwide. The effort to globalize Nepalese cuisine is spearheaded by Nepal’s tourism pioneer Mr. Karna Sakya and his team, under the campaign named ‘Globalizing Nepalese Cuisine Campaign (GoNCC)’. The chief co-ordinator of the Experience Nepal campaign and the president of Nepal Ireland Society Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya said more food tasting events will be organized in in future in Ireland and rest of the world once the recipes for 20 Nepalese food are ready. GoNCC is currently working on the same and the recipes are expected to be ready for distribution worldwide in next few weeks.


At the event, a range of topics pertaining to mutual tourism promotion, trade and investment, collaborative humanitarian projects in Nepal, educational projects etc were discussed. The society’s General Secretary Mr. Gangaram Kandel welcomed the guests and society’s senior Vice-President Dr. Jane Fenlon and Vice-President Mr. Jivan Timalsina felicitated the parliamentarians with ‘khada’.


Also present at the event were Nepal Ireland Society Treasurer Mr. Prakash Mali, Executive Committee member Mr. Mike Winterburn, Nepal Ireland Society support committee member Dr. David Weakliam and Action Aid Ireland CEO Ms. Siobhan McGee among others.


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