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 (rcsireland.org) 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