Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Ireland in Prague. We very
much hope that you find this website to be useful and informative.
If you have comments about our website or require further
information on Ireland, please contact the Embassy.
Review of Ireland’s Engagement with the Diaspora
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs has launched a
consultation process as part of a comprehensive review of Ireland’s
engagement with the Diaspora. The review will encompass a whole of
government perspective, examining all aspects of Ireland’s
engagement with the Irish abroad.
The public consultation period for the review will run until 23rd
April 2014. The consultation document is attached and
further details can also be found on the website: https://www.dfa.ie/our-role-policies/the-irish-abroad/diaspora-policy-review/
St. Patrick's Day 2014
Prague and Ostrava join Global Greening
The Petřín Tower in Prague and the Ostrava City Hall have
joined Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative to
mark St Patrick’s Day. Both landmarks turned green from Friday
evening, 14 March until Tuesday morning, 18 March.
Ostrava City Hall
The lights on the Petřín Tower turned green on Friday evening
14 March at Novotného lávka in the presence of Prague City Mayor
Tomáš Hudeček, Mayor of Prague 1, Oldřich Lomecký, and Irish
Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Alison Kelly, who marked the
event with a traditional toast of Jameson Irish whiskey.
This has been made possible by the generous support of Tourism
Ireland, Žabka, and the Czech Irish Business and Cultural
Click here to view photos from the Greening
For more information about the Greening see the enclosed
St. Patrick's Day Reception
The Embassy's official reception celebrating St. Patrick's Day took
place at the Residence of the Mayor of Prague, a beautiful Art Deco
building in the very heart of Old Town Prague.
Click here to view more photos from the Reception.
To read the SPD Newsletter, please click
President’s St. Patrick’s Day message -
Click here to see a new St. Patrick's Day
New Passport/Visa/Consular Fees
Please note that the passport, visa and consular fees charged by
the Embassy in Prague has been updated according to the current
exchange rate starting 1 March 2014. Please see the new list of
Register with the Embassy
If you are an Irish citizen resident in the Czech Republic or
visiting the country as a short stay tourist or on business, we
strongly recommend that you register your details on line with the
Department of Foreign Affairs. This can be done via the Department
of Foreign Affairs website at 'Citizens Registration'
page. When you register with
the Department, it means that we have a record of your details. The
information will allow us to contact you and provide consular
assistance, if necessary and possible, in the most effective and
Overview of the Emigrant Support Programme
If you are an applicant for funding from the 2014 Emigrant Support
Programme, please read the attached document issued by the Department of
Foreign Affairs and Trade before completing and submitting
an application form.
For more information visit the ESP website.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore Launches Newly-designed Irish Passport
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon
Gilmore T.D., has launched the newly-designed Irish passport,
which features images of iconic Irish landmarks including the
Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey and Croke Park, in addition to
drawings depicting Irish music and dance and Gaelic games.
Unveiling the new design in Dublin, the Tánaiste said: “We have
combined the latest security technology with selected imagery in
order to produce a passport which represents Ireland – our culture,
our history, and our people.
“The images used range from a stunning perspective of the Cliffs of
Moher to the new landscape along the river Liffey, with the Dublin
Convention Centre to the foreground and the Custom House and
Liberty Hall peering through the harp strings of the Samuel Beckett
“Images of Croagh Patrick and the Rock of Cashel feature alongside
drawings depicting Irish music and dance and Gaelic games. The
passport features poems from three of this island’s finest poets:
Nuala ní Dhomhnaill, William Butler Yeats, and James Orr.”
A combination of photographs and drawings, commissioned solely for
use on the Irish passport, are reproduced with specialist printing
techniques to ensure that the Irish passport is highly-secure. The
book was designed and produced in Ireland, by a consortium led by
DLRS of Bray, HID Ireland of Baile na hAbhainn, and the Central
Bank on foot of a competitive tender process.
The Tánaiste said: “I would like to congratulate the companies
involved for the successful design and delivery of the new book.
Irish companies are competing and winning on the international
stage, thereby assisting our economic recovery.”
All Irish passports issued from 3rd October will have this new
“Today, Irish passport holders travel more often and to more
destinations than at any time in the past. In 2012, we issued over
600,000 passports to Irish citizens around the world. I would urge
Irish citizens to check the validity of their current passport and
to apply for a new book well in advance of any travel” the Tánaiste
Passport by numbers:
• More than 630,000 passports issued in 2012, of which about
350,000 issued to adults.
• 67% of all passport applications were received through the
Passport Express channel.
• Over 40,000 applications were received through the Northern
Ireland Passport Express channel.
• Almost 53,000 applications were received through the London
Passport Office, the highest number outside the State.
• After London, the highest number was issued in Canberra – 5,600
passports, followed by 5,300 by the Consulate General in New
• July was the busiest month in 2012 with 78,000 passports issued,
while December was the quietest with just over 20,000.
Convention Calls on Diaspora
On the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the constitution by the
people of Ireland, a
Convention on the Constitution has been established to submit
recommendations to the Houses of the Oireachtas on changes to make
the constitution more relevant to the Ireland of the 21st Century.
For more information visit www.constitution.ie.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has updated its procedures for
the receipt of Foreign Birth Registration (FBR) applications. This
upgrade of the FBR system is part of our ongoing commitment to
improve our service to the public.
The new system comprises of an on-line application process which is
available electronically from the Department’s website. The system
is intended to make it easier and more convenient for applicants to
access our service and to advise on the FBR process. To apply
online, please click here.
Should you have any difficulties, please contact your nearest Irish
Mission or the Consular Services Section in Dublin,