Christmas message from RCS Ireland

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Dear Colleagues and Friends;

RCS Ireland wish all our friends and supporters a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

We would also like to take this opportunity to share with you the progress of our Branch over the past year. 2015 saw our successful launch at the Mansion House in Dublin, so generously hosted and addressed by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and his team at Dublin City Council. An array of highly distinguished delegates and speakers were in attendance and we were also honoured to be joined by our colleagues and friends from the RCS in London, which included Lord Howell and his delegation. In addition, the event received significant public interest, due to coverage in the media.

The Executive Officer of RCS Ireland had the pleasure of meeting Prince Charles, during his visit to Ireland this year. It was a delight to receive his words of encouragement for the continued success of RCS Ireland. His remarks reflected the transformative work we hope to promote, by building bridges and forstering truly respectful and mutually beneficial relationships between Ireland and the great community of nations that is the Commonwealth.

Furthermore, this year saw the appointment of our Patron, The Rt Hon The Lord Rana, Baron of Malone. We are truly honoured to welcome Lord Rana to his new position. He has been a strong supporter of relationships between Ireland, India, and the wider Commonwealth for many years. We look forward to his involvement with RCS Ireland in the months and years ahead.

It was a pleasure to launch our website ( in 2015, where you will find links to our active Twitter and Facebook accounts. We have also been delighted by the many expressions of good will and active support from national and international civic, political, business, artistic and academic organisations and individuals.

As 2015 comes to a close, we have been busy working on a range of projects to acheive our aims, with progress on a number of fronts. With your continued support we plan to build on what we have achieved thus far. We now look forward to the year ahead with excitement, as we continue to promote the bonds between Ireland and the Commonwealth.

Please feel free to stay in touch with us in the year ahead and we look forward to keeping you updated as to our progress in 2016. For now, in true Commonwealth Spirit, and with every good wish, we sign off in fellowship.

Patricia & the Team in RCS Ireland

Sean O’Grady “The Commonwealth is liberal, lefty and more needed than ever” The Independent


Sean O’Grady “The Commonwealth is liberal, lefty and more needed than ever” The Independent


“…..And so it is a small force for good in a fractured world, and its informal, loose, soft diplomacy may well achieve some results. In recent years the Commonwealth has set its bounds wider still and wider, accepting nations with little or no colonial link to Britain – Mozambique, Cameroon and Rwanda and maybe more. Burma, Ireland and Palestine would surely be welcome, too…..”


Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Malta 2015 draws to a close

Prime Minister of Malta, Hon. Dr. Joseph Muscat expressed his satisfaction at how Commonwealth leaders have managed to converge and agree almost unanimously on the issue of climate change as well as migration. He also stated that despite the differences between Commonwealth countries’ points of view, CHOGM Malta 2015 was evidence of how constructive conversations can occur. “Silence has never helped anyone in changing and getting things to change”, he remarked. Finally, Muscat also thanked all those involved in the organisation of this high-profile event.

President of Kenya, HE Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta stated that the topics discussed during this Commonwealth meeting are not solely concerns for Commonwealth countries but of the entire globe with peace and security issues at the forefront along with climate change. He also commended the way young people were given ample space to put forward their suggestions on such important global issues.

HE Baron Waqa, President of Nauru said that this was a gathering of some of the biggest, smallest, wealthiest and poorest nations and although it might be intimidating discussing certain concepts with countries larger than one’s own, all of the nations have the ability to play their part. He also noted that ‘The issue of Climate Change should not be hijacked by the occurrences during the last few weeks’.

Ghanaian President, HE John Dramani Mahama noted that the Valletta Summit on Migration and CHOGM Malta 2015 dovetail into each other. There is a lot that we can learn from this Commonwealth Meeting mainly how we can increase cooperation and embrace the values of good governance and democracy.

RT Hon. Jerome Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados, described how this meeting reinforced the relevance of the Commonwealth. He emphasised how as a citizen of the Caribbean region, climate change is one of his main concerns. He noted that ‘when the planet speaks, we have no choice but to listen. And the planet is speaking to us with certain eloquence’.

Finally, outgoing Secretary General HE Kamalesh Sharma recounted this as a ‘memorable and water-shed CHOGM with the Commonwealth establishing an ambitious threshold for the coming years and a force creating global good’.

Launch of RCS Ireland 17 April 2015

Press Statement: 17 April  2015
The founding members of the Dublin Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society,  are pleased to announce the opening of a new branch of the Society in Dublin on April 17th 2015. This will be the 78th branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS). The opening occasion is being attended by the following:
Lord Mayor Christy Burke, Lord Mayor of Dublin
His Excellency Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland
Rt. Hon. Lord Howell of Guildford, President of the RCS
Rt. Hon. Lord Rana, MBE, Baron of Malone, Co. Antrim, Honorary Indian Consul to N. Ireland
Mr. Michal Lake, CBE, Director of the RCS
Mr. Trevor Ringland, MBE, N. Irish Solicitor, former Irish International Rugby Player and Politician
Several Ambassadors to Ireland from Commonwealth countries
Invited Guests
Commenting on the Opening of the new Branch, the President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Lord Howell said:
“The request for a new branch of the RCS in Dublin will serve as a visible link to the millions of people of Irish descent living in states throughout the Commonwealth, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of Commonwealth citizens residing in Ireland.
The Irish Branch of the RCS will seek to promote exciting opportunities for trade, culture, human rights, international peace, democracy, sustainable development,  and friendship between Ireland and the 53 countries that make up the Commonwealth of Nations, 32 of which are republics.”
Press Contact and for interview requests
Carolyn Jack, Chief Operating Officer:  Tel: +44 (0)20 3727 4300,            Mob: (0)7718 476 233