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IRBA Notice: Russian Students – Spring School in Dublin Institute of Technology – 18th to 28th March 2015

March 6, 2015 Comments off

Dear IRBA Friends,

Dublin Institute of Technology, College of Business, is hosting  the ‘Spring School’ of students from St Petersburg  State University of Economics and Finance (Finec) form 18th to 28th March 2015.

Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev and Dr. Jim Hanly will address the students at an informal event   on Tuesday 24th March in Dublin Institute of Technology. It will give the students an opportunity to gain insight into Irish – Russian economic and business issues.

Date: Tuesday 24th March 2015
Venue: Room 5050 of Dublin Institute od Technology, Augnier Street, Dublin 2
Time: 2pm – 3.30pm

The event is part of a longer visit of some fourteen students from St. Petersburg. “Finec” is a major provider of undergraduate and postgraduate education to some 13,000 students in a wide range of disciplines. Read more…

**Event Postponed Announcement** Annual IRBA Business Seminar a part of Festival of Russian Culture – Thursday, 19th February 2015

February 17, 2015 Comments off

Dear IRBA Friends,

We regret to announce that the IRBA Business Seminar as part of the Festival of Russian Culture 2015, scheduled for Thursday,19th February 2015 at O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2 has been postponed for reasons beyond our control.

The event will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

For any queries, please do no hesitate to contact us at

Kind regards,

The IRBA Team


IRBA Business Breakfast Seminar Invitation

February 11, 2015 Comments off

Dear IRBA Friends,
The Ireland Russia Business Association is delighted to announce its next event, a Business Breakfast Seminar as part of the Festival of Russian Culture taking place on Thursday, 19th February 2015.

Date: Thursday, 19th February
Venue: O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2
Time: 8.00am – Registration opening at 7.30am
Running order:

– 7.30: Registration Opens
– 8.00: Breakfast Served
– 8.30: MC Peter Finnegan, Dublin City Council
– 8.40: Speaker: Vera Smyth, The Festival of Russian Culture
– 8.45: Speaker: Councillor Ciarán O’Moore
– 8.55: Speaker: Russian Ambassador, H.E Maxim Peshkov
– 9.00: Speaker: Enterprise Ireland representative
– 9.10: Speaker: Industry speaker – Gareth Delaney, Orix Aviation and Alan Phelan, Lufthansa Technik AG.*
– 9.20: Q&A: Dr Constantin Gurdgiev, Economist & Lecturer
– 9.30: Wrap-up & Networking
– 10.00: Close

* Gareth  Delaney, Orix Aviation will provide an insight into aircraft leasing in Russia and Alan Phelan will comment from an aircraft maintenance perspective and give an overview on lessons learnt in the past 10 years doing business in Russia.

Tickets: €30
RSVPs: Numbers strictly limited. Payment required in advance. To register and secure your booking please email Deadline COB on Tuesday, 17th February 2015. For payment details click here.

This event is opened to all and email recipients are invited to circulate the invite to interested colleagues, friends and contacts.

Kind regards,
The IRBA Team

Festival of Russian Culture 2015, 14th – 22nd of February, Programme of events

February 8, 2015 Comments off

by Vera Smyth, Chair of the Festival of Russian Culture

The Ireland Russia Business Association is pleased to announce the programme of the Festival of Russian Culture 2015.

  • 13-15 Feb: “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” by Moscow Puppet Theatre (performed in Russian)в-ирландии/сказка-о-царе-салтане-в-ирландии/, Russian Schools and Clubs
  • 14 Feb, 13.30-14.30: Official Opening and concert of Russian classical music “Titans of St. Petersburg” with Deirdre and Fionnuala Moynihan, Hugh Lane Gallery
  • 15 Feb, 12.00-13.00: Lecture on Russian Art, Hugh Lane Gallery
  • 16 Feb, 11.00-12.00: Russia: flicking through the history book with Vera Smyth, Ballyfermot Library
  • 16 Feb, 18.30-19.30: Talk on Maxim Gorky with Svetlana Maximova, Rathmines Library
  • 17 Feb, 10.00-12.30: Talk on Russian Studies and Quiz for Transition Year students “How well do you know Russia” by TCD students, Ilac Library
  • 17 Feb, 20.00: Great Symphonies Close Up, Sergey Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, National Concert Hall, tickets at
  • 18 Feb, 13.00-14.00: Workshop on 175th anniversary of Tchaikovsky, Ilac Library
  • 18 Feb, 13.00-14.00: Lecture “Art in Transition: Painting in Early 20th Century Russia” with Wanda Smolin, National Gallery of Ireland
  • 18 Feb, All day: Open Day at Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, TCD, Trinity College
  • 18 Feb, 16.30-18.00: Free Russian-speaking tour of Trinity College, Room 5051, Arts Building, TCD
  • 18 Feb, 19.00-21.00: Gala concert, Atrium, Trinity College
  • 19 Feb, 08.00-09.30: Business breakfast with Ireland Russia Business Association, IRBA
  • 19 Feb, 20.00: Ray Chen plays Russian composers, National Concert Hall, tickets at
  • 20 Feb, 19.00-20.00: Russian poetry talk and readings, Venue to be confirmed
  • 21 Feb, 13.30-14.30: Concert of Russian classical music with Owen Lorigan, Helene Hutchinson, David Scott, Eoin Hynes and Siobhan Kilkelly, Hugh Lane Gallery
  • 21 Feb, 15.00-16.00: Life and works of Alexander Pushkin with Svetlana Maximova, Pearse Street Library
  • 21 Feb, 15.30-16.45: Russian/English Conversation Exchange, Ilac Centre Library
  • 22 Feb, 12.00-17.0: Family Day with entertainment for children and families, Red Cow Moran Hotel
  • 22 Feb, 12.00-13.00: Film on Russian Art, Hugh Lane Gallery

Festival of Russian Culture 2015, Dublin

January 26, 2015 Comments off

by Vera Smyth, Chair of the Festival of Russian Culture

Festival of Russian Culture will celebrate its 6th year and will be held from Saturday the 14th till Sunday the 22nd of February.

The Festival has been a great success, notably the extensive range of cultural and entertainment activities attracting significant interest from both Irish and Russian communities. The festival has huge success generating a substantial amount of national and local press and radio coverage. Last year it was featured on the RTE Nationwide.

The aim of the festival is to promote Russian culture and to provide an opportunity for people of Dublin and visitors to get a taste of Russian art and music, traditions and cuisine.

The week-long festival is made up of multiple free events and is designed to appeal to people of all ages, and to increase knowledge of Russian culture within Ireland. The festival guarantees a high degree of exposure for companies looking to make direct contact with desirable target audiences.  Read more…


December 8, 2014 Comments off

by Gerard MacCarthy, director, Enterprise Ireland Russia/CIS and head of the commercial department at the Embassy of Ireland

“Ireland – #1 Best Countries for Business “
Forbes 2014

As part of the intergovernmental Ireland-Russia Joint Economic Commission, on November 24 2014 the first ever multi-agency Team Ireland Showcase was held in Moscow at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s headquarters, a stone’s throw away from the Kremlin.

The showcase highlighted Ireland as an investment and joint-project destination, allowing Russian investment, VC, and R&D partners to explore the potential for establishing joint intellectual property or production bases using Ireland’s long experience in the commercialisation of innovative and high-tech projects.

Speakers at the event included: Ambassador Eoin O’Leary; Georgi Petrov, Vice-President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Dmitry Sazhin, Head of the Europe and American Department of the Ministry of Economic Development; Professor Shamil Gantsev, Member of the Federation Council; and Shane Nolan, Head of Growth Markets Division, Industrial Development Authority of Ireland (IDA); Dr. Darrin Morrissey, Director of Programs, Science Foundation Ireland; Peter Lennox, International Entrepreneur Programme Senior Development Advisor, Enterprise Ireland; Pat Flynn, Flynn O’Driscoll Lawyers, Member of the Board of Directors, Enterprise Ireland; Brien Henderson, Head of the Visa Department, the Embassy of Ireland, Moscow; and Dmitry Simonenko, a Russian serial entrepreneur who has two businesses in Ireland. The event was introduced by Gerard MacCarthy, Director of Enterprise Ireland’s Russia and CIS office. Read more…

Highlights: Breakfast Briefing – Russia, The Current Business Climate & Ongoing Developments

September 30, 2014 Comments off

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by Jennifer Condon

The current geopolitical climate added to bilateral sanctions between the EU and Russia is creating more obstacles for Irish – Russian Business.

On Monday, 29th September 2014, the Ireland Russia Business Association (IRBA) hosted a business breakfast briefing with Gerard MacCarthy, Director, Enterprise Ireland Russia / CIS & Head of the Commercial Department at the Embassy of Ireland in Moscow speaking about the current business climate and developments in Russia. IRBA Chair Dr Constantin Gurdgiev covered the issues of economy and macro-risks e.g. rouble valuations, credit supply, sanctions impact and risks for Russian demand side.

Gerard MacCarthy, Director, Enterprise Ireland Russia / CIS & Head of the Commercial Department at the Embassy of Ireland in Moscow:

“From a trade point of view, the rouble euro-exchange rate, the so-called ‘Presidentail Ban’ targeted at the food sector as response of EU sanctions against Russia, and a volatile and unpredictable political and legislative environment are key current risk factors in dealing with the Russian market. Read more…

IRBA Summer Networking Drinks

July 15, 2014 Comments off

by Jennifer Condon

Dear IRBA Members, Friends & Business Associates,

The Ireland Russia Business Association will shortly be hosting an informal networking gathering.

The details:

  • Date & Time: Thursday, 24th July 2014 @ 6.00 pm
  • Cost: Members – Free; Guests – 20 Eur (Payable in advance)
  • Venue: The Alexander Hotel, Off Merrion Square, Dublin 2

If interested in attending, please contact on the details below before COB on Tuesday, 22nd July 2014.

For non-members, payment is required in advance. For payment options, click here.

Jennifer Condon
Ireland Russia Business Association
28 Merrion Square
Dublin 2

Tel. +353  1 6424178
Fax. +353 1 6612315
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Google Business Breakfast for IRBA Members Monday, 23rd June 2014

June 17, 2014 Comments off

by Jennifer Condon


Dear IRBA Members,

Google Ireland is delighted to invite a cross section of Ireland Russia Business Association members to a breakfast briefing to meet with some of its key staff members covering the Russian market.

During the breakfast members will be able to find out more about the Google capabilities available in Ireland e.g. marketing, advisory, data research and business intros for companies trading between Ireland and Russia. Read more…


Sponsorship / Corporate entertainment opportunity

May 14, 2014 Comments off

By Noeleen Hartigan

Chamber Choir Ireland – the country’s flagship choral ensemble – will perform in the prestigious Diaghilev Festival in Perm, Siberia on Saturday the 28th June.

The Concert will take place in the beautiful Perm Philharmonic Organ Concert Hall and promises to be a very special occasion. Under internationally acclaimed Artistic Director Paul Hiller, the Choir will perform excerpts from Avro Pärt’s Kanon Pokajanen. Mr. Hillier is a recognized expert on Pärt, having performed his music extensively, written the first English language biography of the composer, and won a Grammy for his recording of Pärt’s Da Pacem in 2007.

The Choir is reaching out to businesses who may be interested in supporting this event and availing of corporate entertainment opportunities. The performance will be heard first on June 20th in Christchurch Cathedral, offering an opportunity for sponsorship / corporate entertainment in Dublin also.

For further information contact: Noeleen Hartigan, Head of Development, Chamber Choir Ireland +353 87 61 67 689 or

Chamber Choir Ireland

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