On St. Patrick's Day, March 17 the Embassy of the Republic of Ireland in Bulgaria will light in green 20 landmark buildings across Bulgaria. There will be also two literary exhibitions dedicated to Irish famous Nobel prize winners writers – James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Beckett will be presented in Tryavna while Joyce will be presented at Veliko Tarnovo University where there is a faculty of Irish literature.
St. Patrick's Day has been officially celebrated in Bulgaria since 2016. The Irish people who reside permanently in Bulgaria number several hundred, as several thousand own houses here.
HE Martina Feeney, Ireland's Ambassador in Sofia, who is also the Irish Ambassador to Armenia and Georgia in a non-resident capacity, talks to BNR's Assia Chaneva about the upcoming holiday, bilateral relations, her special place in Bulgaria, and cultural and historical similarities between the two nations.
This year the holiday is more special. 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Ireland's membership of the European Union, and April marks 74 years since the country was declared a republic, says Ambassador Feeney:
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