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Kampala and Irish community embrace Irish spirit with Guinness for St Patrick’s Day

The band kept the entertainment going all evening

Last night, the Irish community in Kampala gathered in Kololo at the esteemed residence of their Ambassador, H.E Kevin Colgan for yet another unforgettable celebration of St Patrick’s Day.

The annual festival, celebrated worldwide, brought together the growing Irish community alongside distinguished dignitaries of Uganda such us the Chief Guest, Hon Jeje Abubakher Odongo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and other notable guests from across Kampala.

Deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa with some of the guests having a light moment

In his address, H.E Kevin Colgan, eloquently captured the essence of the enduring partnership and the evolution of both Ireland and Uganda over the past three decades.

Highlighting the significant strides made in bilateral cooperation, Ambassador Colgan emphasised the commitment of the Irish government towards fostering development initiatives in Uganda, with a substantial budget allocation over the next five years.

“Before I look back 30 years, let me just note that – since I spoke here a year ago, our government has approved our five-year strategy – with a budget of some 100m Euros for development partnerships in Uganda over a period of five years. I am sure that this is a firm foundation for the next 30 years of friendship and cooperation between our countries and between the Irish and the Ugandan people.”

Uganda Breweries Limited, the brewers of Guinness, one of Ireland’s most recognisable products across the world was represented by Matilda Babuleka, the Head of Beer, who expressed gratitude towards the Irish community, acknowledging their continued support for Guinness in Uganda.

“We are honoured to be a part of such a momentous event that celebrates the rich heritage and friendship shared between Ireland and Uganda. As the home of Guinness in Uganda, we take great pride in being a part of the Irish culture and tradition, and we are grateful for the unwavering support and welcome shown by the Irish community,” said Babuleka.

“The Irish have long held a special affinity for Guinness, and their unwavering love for this iconic stout is profound. It is heartening to witness their deep-rooted understanding of the Guinness Perfect Serve, a campaign we are rolling out to ensure every bottle of the iconic brew is poured and enjoyed just as it should be,” she added.

The celebration continued well into the night with the Irish community extending their warm hospitality to all guests present, showcasing the essence of their heritage through music and dance.

9 Hazel Trees, a band from Ireland entertained the guests while Roisin Lyons treated guests to a sample of Irish dance.

St. Patrick’s Day, an annual feast honouring the patron saint of Ireland, holds significance beyond borders, bringing people together in celebration of unity, friendship, and the continuing spirit of Ireland.

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