Happy St. Patrick’s Day! On Friday, March 14, President Barack Obama traveled with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to the U.S. Capitol Building for the annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon, where they joined Vice President Joe Biden and top congressional leaders, enjoyed a bit of Irish folk music, and even partook in some rounds of singing.

Change a Life, Change the Future: Recommitting To End Undernutriton Through the 1,000 Days Partnership
 

One thousand days ago, the governments of the United States and Ireland came together to commit to promote nutrition for mothers and young children through the 1,000 Days partnership.   Why 1,000 days?  During the critical 1,000 days from pregnancy to age 2, better nutrition can have a lifelong impact on a child’s future and help break the cycle of poverty. MORE

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/03/206383.htm

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Enda Kenny will participate in the Shamrock ceremony in the White House. The ceremony first began in 1952, when the Irish Ambassador sent a box of shamrock to President Truman. Watch the history of the ceremony in this video from U.S. Embassy Dublin.

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton Attends a Flag Ceremony for Ambassador Dan Rooney

Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
     Secretary of State
Capricia Penavic Marshall
     Chief of Protocol
Diplomatic Reception Rooms
Washington, DC
January 9, 2013


SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Capricia, and let me welcome all of you here to the eighth floor, and especially welcome the Rooneys. As you may have seen earlier this week, my staff gave me a personalized football helmet and jersey. They told me it was a welcome-back gift, but I suspect they also were thinking about the fact that you would be here in a few days, and we wanted to make you feel right at home. But I have chosen to forego the football gear this morning in place of this opportunity to really thank both Dan and Patricia, and to celebrate your service on behalf of the United States.

Dan Rooney is someone who never seems to miss making friends everywhere he goes, whether it’s western Pennsylvania or Ireland. And we’re delighted to have some of your friends and colleagues here for this ceremony. I want to say a special word of thanks to Patricia, who has been a fabulous support and great person in reaching out to the Irish on her own behalf alongside Dan. And Sarah, welcome here to the State Department. And we have a number of the people you’ve worked with. We knew that if we opened it to the entire State Department, we would not have a room big enough to hold everybody. MORE

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton participates in a Flag Ceremony for U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., January 9, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton participates in a Flag Ceremony for U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., January 9, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon will travel to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ireland January 7-11, 2013

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 7, 2013


In The Hague, Assistant Secretary Gordon will meet with senior Dutch officials to discuss topics of regional and global concern and to underscore support for Dutch security missions around the world.

Assistant Secretary Gordon will travel to London on January 9, where he will meet with senior British government officials to discuss a range of bilateral and global issues . At the start of the United Kingdom’s G8 presidency, Assistant Secretary Gordon will also meet with senior officials to review our broad cooperation in that forum, as well as in the G20, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the European Union (EU).

On January 10 and 11 in Dublin, Assistant Secretary Gordon will meet with senior Irish government officials to discuss bilateral and global issues. He will also meet with EU Political Directors as part of regular consultations with the EU to discuss issues on the transatlantic and global agendas.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Irish President Michael D. Higgins at Aras An Uachtarain in Dublin, Ireland, December 6, 2012. [State Department photo by Maxwell’s/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Irish President Michael D. Higgins at Aras An Uachtarain in Dublin, Ireland, December 6, 2012. [State Department photo by Maxwell’s/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny after their meeting in Dublin, Ireland on December 6, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/12/201633.htm.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks entitled “Frontlines and Frontiers: Making Human Rights a Human Reality” in Dublin, Ireland on December 6, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/12/201618.htm.