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Our Activities (February 2008)



Ireland Japan Association (IJA) Annual Dinner

On February 15, the Ireland Japan Association (IJA) held their annual dinner at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire , and in his remarks, Ambassador Urabe pointed out that bilateral exchanges in political, economic and cultural spheres are as active as ever, and requested the continuing support and participation of everyone involved.


Launch of the New Railcars for the Dublin - Sligo Line

Ambassador Cho, Mr Fearn, and Ambassador Urabe

On February 4, Ambassador Urabe, together with Chief Executive of Iarnrod Eireann Mr Dick Fearn, and Korean Ambassador H.E. Mr CHO Taeyong, travelled on board the new railcars for the upgraded service of the Dublin – Sligo line which were produced by a Japanese-Korean consortium. At a ceremony in Sligo , Dr. Jimmy Devins, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health, officially launched the new intercity railcar fleet.


Welcoming the KODO drummers

On February 3, Ambassador Urabe welcomed members of the “KODO” drummers who visited Ireland in the early part of their “One Earth Tour” of Europe which will continue till the end of March. Both of their sold-out concerts at the National Concert Hall on February 2 and 3 received a very warm response and standing ovations. According to the members, one of the pieces was inspired by their previous visit to Ireland two years ago, and the members seemed to enjoy their return to Ireland.


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