Ireland in the City

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Dia Duit. There are nearly 1,500 Irish nationals living and working in Luxembourg (set to rise post-Brexit!), and though not a patch on the Irish communities in Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia, the Irish have stamped their mark firmly on the Duchy. Sarita Rao (now Muldoon) tells us more.

 

Where to start

The Irish Embassy website for Luxembourg gives you all the details for visa and passport enquiries as well as general information on Irish life in Luxembourg. It also supports a number of cultural events throughout the year.

The Emigrant Support Programme supports Irish communities overseas by funding non-profit organisations and projects. The Global Irish Network promotes Ireland’s economic, cultural and tourism messages in key markets.

The news and events section of the Embassy website also gives details of Irish events. This year marks 100 years since the Easter Rising in Ireland, and there will be a special screening of ‘1916’ commissioned by Centenary Commemoration on 24 April at the Cinematheque in Place du Théâtre.

Check out how to celebrate St Patrick’s Day here and where to go for a good pint of Guinness here.

 

Irish clubs and societies

There are plenty of clubs and societies that organise social, educational and sports events in Luxembourg for the Irish community living here.

Irish Club of Luxembourg organises social events, particularly for St Patrick’s day (March 17th) and Christmas, and has been established since 1985. The Club also organises an annual ski trip for members and non-members.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Luxembourg, founded in 1982, promotes Irish language through music, dancing and singing events. The Club hosts a Céilí each year, with the main focus on the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. This year’s Céilí is on Saturday 18 March. The club also organises concerts with traditional Irish musicians. A number of different nationalities belong to the club so you don’t have to be Irish to join.

 

Gaelic Sports and the Luxembourg Rose

If you’re a player or just a fan of hurling or Gaelic football you won’t miss out in Luxembourg. The Gaelic Sports Club of Luxembourg provides details of men and women’s teams in Luxembourg that regularly play against teams from other countries including Belgium and Germany.

If you just want to keep up with GAA and Irish rugby games, The Black Stuff regularly streams matches live.

Not a sport as such, but each year Luxembourg sends a ‘Rose’ to the Rose of Tralee competition in Ireland. You get the chance to meet the contestants for each year’s Luxembourg Rose at the Rose Ball, this year on 20 May 2017.

 

Eating and drinking Irish style

There’s no shortage of Irish drinking establishments in Luxembourg where the craic is good. In fact, City Savvy has its top 5 Irish Pubs.

If you are missing some of the comforts of home such as Irish whisky or beer and Tayto crisps, then Eirelux in Howald can provide you with a taste of Ireland.

 

Irish for kids

Irish children enrolled in the European Schools in Kirchberg and Mamer can opt for Irish as an additional language (not a second or third language) so long as they or their parents hold an Irish passport. Classes are incorporated into the weekly curriculum.

Comhaltas also runs an Irish summer school in August where children over 6 years can learn how to step dance, sing traditional songs, play the tin whistle and hear about Irish mythology and legends. The Club also run regular step dance classes for children.

 

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Featured photo: Lee Jordan/flickr (file)

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Sarita Rao
Sarita ditched the day job in London for a less hectic life in Luxembourg in August 2013. She spends her days freelance writing, arbitrating fights between her children, and waiting for ‘wine o’clock’ time (that’s 6pm for most mothers).

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