St Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off in Kenya

Ababu Namwamba and Lisa Doherty
Irish Charge d’Affairs Lisa Doherty with Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ababu Namwamba at the St Patrick’s Day celebration. Photo: Twitter/AbabuNamwamba

Business Ireland Kenya (BIK) launched their St Patrick’s Day celebrations with their social event at Kengele’s in Lavington which featured music from Irish band Coille who have been flown into Kenya by the Irish Embassy.

The performance was ahead of a St Patrick’s Day event at Kengele’s Marula on Marula Lane in the Nairobi district of Karen on Sunday (17 March) between 2pm and 5pm. 

Yesterday afternoon, the celebration continued as Irish Charge d’Affaires Lisa Doherty hosted the Embassy’s official St Patrick’s Day reception at the Ambassador’s residence in Nairobi.

St Patrick’s Day in Kenya 2019
The event took place at the Ambassador’s residence in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/IrlEmbKenya

Guest of honour was Kenyan Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ababu Namwamba. In a warm and personal tribute to his Irish influences, he celebrated Kenya’s blossoming relationship with Ireland “as trade and investments soar for shared prosperity.”

St Patrick’s Day in Kenya 2019
Ababu Namwamba speaking at the St Patrick’s Day celebration. Photo: Twitter/IrlEmbKenya

Among the guests was Eyal David, Deputy Ambassador of Israel who thanked Ms Doherty “for a beautiful reception,” adding that it was “a great way to start the weekend in Nairobi”.

St Patrick’s Day in Kenya 2019
Deputy Ambassador to Israel Eyal David with Lisa Doherty. Photo: Twitter/EyalDavid_mfa

Also enjoying one of his first social events after replacing Bob Godec was American Ambassador Kyle McCarter who revealed his own Irish ancestry.

St Patrick’s Day in Kenya 2019
Kyle McCarter with Lisa Doherty. Photo: Twitter/IrlEmbKenya

Former Irish Ambassador Doctor Vincent O’Neill sent his best wishes via Twitter from his new position in Jordan.

As part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, the Irish Embassy have commissioned Chui, a leopard made of recycled scrap metal which has been ‘greened’ to highlight wildlife conservation and promote recycling.

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