Links between Brazil & Ireland                                                                                                                                                                                                   










26.05.08           2nd. Trade Mission to Brazil (SP) led by the Minister for International Trade John McGuinness T.D. -

                       and Frank Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Ireland -


26.05.08           Minister John McGuinness T.D. announced significant contracts for two Galway companies in Brazil -


26.05.08                      Kerry do Brasil celebrated its 10th annivesary in Brazil. Address in Campinas-SP by Minister John McGuinness T.D. -


26.05.08           SP Dinner speech by Minister John McGuinness T.D. to Senior Brazilian Industralists and Irish Companies -


30.03.04           President Mary McAleese completes South American visit. RTÉ Vídeo -


29.03.04                      Palácio Itamaraty - Remarks by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva -


26.03.04                      Remarks by President McAleese at the University of São Paulo -


23.09.03                      Minister of State Dick Roche at UNESCO Education Seminar, Brasília, on: The Irish Economy - The Analysis of a Success -[


2002                 Ambassador Martin Greene visited the Federation of Industries of the State of Ceará (FIEC) -


05.12.01                      Taoiseach´s (Irish Prime Minister) South America trip cost over £300,000 -


16.07.01                      Taoiseach to prioritise Latin America trade links -


19.07.01                      Ireland to increase exports to Brazil – Ahern -


19.07.01                      Taoiseach at the Federation of Industries of São Paulo -


19.07.01                      Taoiseach at the University of São Paulo (USP) -


19.07.01                      Taoiseach awarded medal by USP -


July 2001          Taoiseach´s radio interview to Radiobras -


01.04.95           Former President Mary Robinson and Mr.Robinson visited the Imperial Museum, Petrópolis, and paid a private visit to her Uncle in Rio, Denis Anthony Bourke (RIP) and BiBi Ferreira.

Obs. Mrs. Robinson returned to Brazil on 16.05.00 as United National High Commissioner for Human Rights for talks with President Henrique Cardoso.


31.03.95           President Robinson addressed academics and students of the Anglo-Irish Studies Section of the Department of Modern Literature at USP.  In Rio, she planted a tree (Virola Surinamenis) at the Botanical Garden (Bosque das Nações); met Irish missionaries at the Copacabana Palace Hotel and attended a reception for members of the local Irish community hosted by Mrs. Eamonn Ryan. Dinner at Laranjeiras Palace hosted by Rio Governor and Mrs. Marcello Alencar.


30.03.95           President Robinson visited the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP); the Arts Museum (MASP); and dined with SP Governor, Mario Covas, at the Bandeirantes Palace.


29.03.95           President Mary Robinson and Mr. Robinson, accompanied by i.a. Ambassador and Mrs. Eamonn Ryan, were received by President Fernando Henrique Cardoso at the Planalto Palace.

She called on the President of the Federal Supreme Court, Luiz Octávio Pires de Albuquerque Gallotti; the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Luiz Educardo Magalhães, and the President of the Federal Senate, Sanator José Sarney.  Interview given to O Globo newspaper. 

State dinner hosted in her honour by President Cardoso at the Itamarty Palace. FHC speech -





08-09.05.06       Minister for Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Luiz Fernando Furlan


07.09.04           Speech by John O´Donoghue, TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism at a reception in Dublin for the artists representing Ireland at the 26th São Paulo Bienal





The Joys and woes of an Honorary Consul, by Patrick J. Murphy  (1966 – 1993).


                        Honorary Consul Thomas F. O´Keeffe (SP).


                        Ireland´s first consular representation in Brazil, by Neyda P. Villela  (RJ, 1965 – 1988).


                        My time as Honorary Consul, by Paul Crean  (RJ, 1988 – 1995).


                        Honorary Consul Brian McComish  (RJ, 2000 – 2005).


1975                 Formal diplomatic relations between Ireland and Brazil established.

Ambassadors acredited to Brazil: Padraig de Paor (non-resident - Canada); James Kirwan - Portugal, Bernard McHugh - Portugal, Michael Greene RIP,

Eamonn Ryan, John Campbell (non-resident - Portugal)


Ambassador Martin Greene - first resident ambassador to Brazil  (DF, 2001 – 2007).


                        Ambassador Michael Hoey  (DF, 2007 -      )  Curriculum Vitae





Events              RJ: 1-11 December 2005- 45a. Feira da Providência - International charity fair, Riocentro.  There was no Irish stand in 2005, thus breaking a 24 year tradition.  Former Irish Ambassador Martin Greene announced on 22 November 2005 that the Irish government would continue, however, to provide support in appropriate ways to social development projects in Brazil e.g. through the expenditure programmes of Development Cooperation Ireland.