Irish Ambassador to China honoured at 2013 Chinese Spring Festival Gala

Category: News Written by Super User / June 2, 2020

To celebrate the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Snake, the Chinese Embassy in Dublin and the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland hosted a spectacular Spring Festival Gala at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Wednesday 20th February 2013.

This special Chinese cultural event was organized jointly by the Chinese Embassy and the UCD Confucius Institute. The Gala was opened with the song ‘Ocean, My Sweet Home’ by a choir formed by students of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and joined by very talented 11 years old Rachel Xu.  This was followed by UCD Choral Scholars performing ‘The Parting Glass”. A troupe consisting of 24 famous artists mainly from Guangdong Province in the south of China covered a variety of dazzling artistic performances including graceful dance, solo, duet and choral musical pieces, traditional folk music, thrilling Kung Fu, fascinating face-change opera and jaw-dropping acrobatics. 

Pic 1: During the Gala event, the Confucius Medal was awarded by Minister Ruari Quinn to the Ambassador of Ireland to China H.E. Declan Kelleher for his outstanding contribution to Sino-Irish relations. Pictured are (L to R): UCD President Hugh Brady, Ambassador of Ireland to China H.E. Declan Kelleher, Mr Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills and Prof. Wang Liming, Director of the UCD Confucius Institute

The year of the snake is predicted to be a year of prosperity and peace, and this was the biggest single event in the Chinese New Year programme in Ireland, when around 2,000 guests thronged into the main auditorium of the Convention Centre.

Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Mr. Luo Linquan, Mr Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills, Ambassador of Ireland to China H.E. Declan Kelleher and several senior ministers of state, ambassadors and leading business figures were in attendance.

Pic 2: Performers on stage at the Chinese Spring Festival Gala organised by the Chinese Embassy of Ireland and the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland at the Convention Centre, Dublin, on Wednesday 20th February

The Confucius Medal was awarded by Minister Ruari Quinn to the Ambassador of Ireland to China H.E. Declan Kelleher for his outstanding contribution to Sino-Irish relations. Introducing the Ambassador, UCD President Hugh Brady said “Ambassador Kelleher’s valuable experience and knowledge has been crucial during these years of China's emergence as the world's newest superpower, and he has made a huge contribution on a number of ground breaking projects during his 9 years as Irish Ambassador to China, most recent of which was the very successful visits of Vice President (now General Secretary) Xi Jinping to Ireland in February 2012, and of the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, in March 2012”. 

Prof. Liming Wang, Director of the UCD Confucius Institute, said after the event “more and more Irish are studying Chinese and learning about the wonder of Chinese culture, and big cultural events like this Spring Festival Gala help to bring the warmth and appeal of Chinese festivals to a broader spectrum of Irish people".

Pic 3: Kung Fu performers in action at the Chinese Spring Festival Gala organised by the Chinese Embassy of Ireland and the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland at the Convention Centre, Dublin, on Wednesday 20th February

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