Ireland in the Czech Republic

WELCOME!

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.

Important Notice

The Embassy of Ireland will be closed for Easter Holidays from Friday, 18 April until Monday, 21 April, 2014.

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.

 
                          Petřín Tower


                       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 Association.

Click here to view photos from the Greening Ceremony.

For more information about the Greening see the enclosed Press Release.

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 here.

President’s St. Patrick’s Day message - Irish, English 

Click here to see a new St. Patrick's Day video.

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 fees here.

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 expedient manner.”

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 Bridge.
“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 design.
“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 said.

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 York.
• July was the busiest month in 2012 with 78,000 passports issued, while December was the quietest with just over 20,000.

http://www.merrionstreet.ie/index.php/2013/09/new-passport-design-launched/

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.

Important Notice

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, www.dfa.ie, for advice.

Global Greening

Global Greening

Tourism Ireland Announces ‘Global Greening’ Lineup for St Patrick’s Day 2014.

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The Gathering - Ireland 2013

The Gathering - Ireland 2013

Ireland welcomed the world in 2013. Together, we invited friends, loved ones and connections from around the world to celebrate 5,000 gatherings held in their honour.

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Gathering e-Zine

Gathering e-Zine

Here you can find Tourism Ireland's Gathering e-Zine.

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Travel between Ireland & The Czech Republic

Travel between Ireland & The Czech Republic

For information on travel between Ireland and Prague, please click here.

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Information About Ireland

Information About Ireland

Click on the link below for information about Ireland

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Emergency Assistance for Irish Citizens

Emergency Assistance for Irish Citizens

The Embassy provides emergency services for Irish citizens in the Czech Republic

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Online Visa Applications

Online Visa Applications

From 7 March 2008, the Embassy of Ireland in Prague will be implementing Ireland's new automated visa system. All applications must now be submitted online.

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Blood Transfusion Service

Blood Transfusion Service

"Are you a Rh negative woman who had a child or miscarriage in Ireland between 1977-1979 or 1991-1994? If so the Irish Blood Transfusion Service would like to speak to you."

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Certificate of Irish Heritage

Certificate of Irish Heritage

On 19 September 2011, the Tánaiste launched the Government’s new Certificate of Irish Heritage.

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The Gathering Reflections on Ireland

The Gathering Reflections on Ireland

“The Gathering Reflections on Ireland” is a new book from the Irish Hospice Foundation in partnership with the Gathering. As well as the compelling personal stories of Gathering events, the book features reflections on Irish identity from some of Irish best writers and artists.

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Contact Details

Embassy of Ireland
Tržiště 13
118 00 Praha 1
Tel:+420 257 011 280
Fax:+420 257 531 387
Public Opening Hours:

Monday
9.30-12.30 & 14.30-16.30

Tuesday
9.30-12.30

Wednesday
9.30-12.30 & 14.30-16.30

Thursday
9.30-12.30

Friday
9.30-12.30