Ireland in Spain

Welcome to the website of our Embassy which we hope you will find useful and informative.In addition to providing information on the services provided by the Embassy, it is a source of information on Ireland and Spain alike and on the links between our two countries. If you have comments about our website or require further information on Ireland, please contact the Embassy.


Payments to Embassy

Please note that all fees payable to the Embassy (passport/visa/citizenship fees etc) MUST be paid by bank transfer. Passport fees can still also be paid by credit card on the application form.Payment details below:

Bank Address (only for payment purposes)
C/Claudio Coello 92
Madrid 28006
(Please do not send applications to this address, applications should be sent to the Embassy Address.)

Account Number: 0182 1932 44 0201542340
IBAN code:  ES90 0182 1932 44 0201542340

Observaciones/concepto: Name and service required.

Full list of consular and passport fees, please click here.


Presentation of Un Corsario al Servicio de Benjamin Franklin, by Carlos Cólogan

The presentation of Carlos Cólogan's book Un Corsario al Servicio de Benjamin Franklin will take place in Tenerife on 9 May. For more information, please see invitation here _________________________________

Visions for Europe, Instituto Real Elcano

Ambassador Harman spoke at an event organised by the prestigious Spanish think-tank, the Instituto Real Elcano on "Visions for Europe" - please see links here and here.  The event involved a short presentation and Q&A session together with the UK, Swedish and Netherlands ambassadors and the DG for EU Affairs at the Spanish MFA.  The Ambassador’s remarks focussed on Ireland’s positive experience of EU membership, the country’s emergence from the economic crisis and the major issues facing Union, including institutional reform, the completion of banking union and the debate in the UK.  The event attracted some 100 guests, including key policy-makers, media, academics and diplomats.   You can watch the full debate here.


El Embajador Harman habló en un evento organizado por el prestigioso Instituto Real Elcano sobre “Visiones para Europa” - ver enlace aquí y aquí.  En el evento intervinieron también los Embajadores del Reino Unido, Suecia y los Países Bajos, así como el Director General para Asuntos de la UE del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación, seguido de ruegos y preguntas.  La presentación del Embajador Harman se centró en las experiencias positivas de Irlanda como miembro de la UE, la salida de nuestro país de la crisis económica y los principales retos a los que tendrá que hacer frente la Unión, incluyendo la reforma constitucional, la conclusión de la unión bancaria y el debate en la Reino Unido.  Asistieron unas 100 personas, incluyendo miembros de la administración, los medios, académicos y diplomáticos.  Pueden ver el debate completo aquí.


El eco de mi carrera diplomática en la construcción europea: artículo del Embajador en la revista “Intramuros” 


Land of Innovation presentation, with the local government of Segovia and Wayra

The Embassy co-hosted an event on innovation and food on Thursday 3 April, in collaboration with Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the Council of Segovia and Wayra.

Madeleine Bellew, who was selected as the Irish "abuela", cooked a traditional Irish recipe (Dublin coddle) with a chef from the Segovian restaurant "El Portón de Javier" who put his own touches by adding cochinillo to make a very flavoursome dish.

Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia delivered presentations on their work in Spain and discussions on possible collaborative projects to develop commercial and cultural links between Ireland and the Council of Segovia were held.


Spring 2014 - Embassy events

For a full list of what's happening around Spain for the spring, please click here.  For Spanish here   


Charity cycle across Spain in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation

Cyclists will take on a course from San Sebastian to Barcelona and will even have the chance to tackle the exhilarating Pyrenees. It is in aid of the vital Nurses for Night Care Service. This was set up in 2006, the service is free of charge and allows people with illnesses other than cancer to fulfil their wish of dying at home with dignity

For more information please see their webpage here


Nominations now open for Presidential Distinguished Service Award

This award was established by the Government in 2012. It provides recognition by the Irish State for persons living abroad (primarily Irish citizens, those entitled to Irish citizenship and those of Irish descent), who have given sustained and distinguished service to Ireland and/or Irish communities abroad. The categories for consideration are: Irish community support; Arts, Culture and Sport; Charitable works; Business and Education; and Peace, Reconciliation and Development. You can find more information here on the award and the eligibility criteria. If you know someone who fits this description in Spain, Andorra or Tunisia, you can nominate them for the award by completing this form and returning it to Embassy Madrid (email by 2nd May 2014. Beir bua!


Special Concert to mark President Higgins' State Visit to Britain will be streamed live

As part of President Higgins’ State Visit to Britain, a concert Ceiliúradh” (Celebration) will be held in the Royal Albert Hall on 10th of April.  As well as some surprise guests on the night, Ceiliúradh will include performances from Paul Brady, The Gloaming, Glen Hansard and Imelda May. Irish people living abroad will be able to tune in live via the RTE Player, which will be streaming the concert from 20:25 Irish time on April 10.


Letter of Condolence from Taoiseach Enda Kenny

The Taoiseach offers his condolences on the death of Adolfo Suarez – describing him as “a leader of courage and conviction” – in the letter ( view here) on behalf of the Irish Government to PM Rajoy


Semana de Música Religiosa de Cuenca

Camerata Ireland and Codetta will be participating in the upcoming Semana de Música Religiosa de Cuenca during Easter week. For a full copy of the programme and more information, please click here


2014 SIBN Saint Patrick's Day Charity Ball

Photo above: Ambassador Justin Harman, Irish Minister for Small Business John Perry, Spanish Minister for Education José Ignacio Wert and Spanish Secretary of State for Education Montserrat Gomendio

The second SIBN St. Patrick’s Day Ball took place on Friday 14 March and raised an incredible €30,000 for Debra Ireland and Debra España. Almost 320 guests gathered together in the Westin Palace for a fantastic evening of good food, fine wine, friendly company, and live music and dance to celebrate Ireland’s national day and the strength of the ties that bind Ireland and Spain. Among the guests were Spain’s Minister for Education, José Ignacio Wert, Secretary of State for Education, Montserrat Gomendio Kindelán and Irish Minister for Small Business, John Perry. During the Ball, Minister Perry presented a ceremonial gift of Irish shamrock to the Spanish education minister. Primark, a major Irish success story in Spain, was the patron of the event.


Greenings in Spain for Saint Patrick

The Cibeles fountain and palace in Madrid went green in honour of St. Patrick's Day. The Hercules Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Galicia, also joined in the fun.

And once again this year, the town hall in the Plaza de Salamanca went green

Minister Perry visited the mayor of Madrid Ana Botella to present her with a bowl of shamrock as a sign of appreciation for facilitating the greenings.


Taoiseach Meets with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

Taoiseach Enda Kenny met with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at Government Buildings on Thursday 6 March and discussed issues of common concern on the EU agenda as well as the warm bilateral relationship between Ireland and Spain


Minister Perry attends reception to market Ireland as English language learning destination

Photo above: Minister John Perry with Ambassador Harman

The Embassy hosted a reception for over fifty guests to recognise links between Ireland and Spain in the area of English language educational tourism, with well over 35,000 students visiting Ireland annually to learn English.  The reception was jointly organised by the Embassy, Tourism Ireland, and Language Activities International, an Irish-run company that brings Spanish students and teachers to Ireland.  Guests included senior officials from the Spanish education ministry, English language tour operators, Aer Lingus, and Irish owners of language academies in Spain.

Photo above: Minister Perry, Barbara Wood (Tourism Ireland), Ambassador Harman and AerLingus represenatives

Photo above: a selection of Irish cheeses and chutneys served at the reception


Presentation of The Irish Presence in the Spanish Military - 16th to 20th Centuries

Photo above: Mervyn O'Driscoll, Dermot Keogh, Hugo O'Donnell, Beatriz Alonso Acero and Enrique Garcia Hernan

In collaboration with Spain’s Centre for National Defence Studies (CESEDEN) and the Embassy, the launch of this new volume on the history of the Irish in the Spanish Military from the 16th to the 20th centuries took place on Thursday 13 March. Don Hugo O'Donnell, Duque de Tetuan, coordinated the presentation and briefly spoke on his contribution to the book. Spanish historians Beatriz Alonso Acero and Enrique Garcia Hernan also intervened to discuss their chapters in the volume. Irish historians Dermot Keogh and Mervyn O'Driscoll from University College Cork gave an overview on their chapter on Ireland's military engagement in Spain in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Minister Perry delivered a closing statement followed by a reception for over 200 people, including many leading members of the Irish community in Madrid.

For a copy of the book in pdf of epub, please click here


Minister for Small Business visited Madrid for St. Patrick’s Day “Promote Ireland” programme

Minister of State for Small Business, Mr John Perry, T.D., visited Madrid from 12-15 March for a full programme of business, community and cultural events. His programme included meetings with senior management of the Corte Inglés on the sale of Irish beef; working visits with Enterprise Ireland client companies Novum, Monicon Technologies, Openjaw, Kanchi, Openet and Ezetop; meeting with top executives from the Spanish telecommunications giant, Telefonica; a reception to market Ireland as destination for English-language education; launch of a book examining the contribution of the Irish to Spanish military history; a meeting with the mayor of Madrid; and attendance as guest of honour at the Spanish-Irish Business Network St. Patrick’s Day Ball.


St. Patrick's Day 2014

2014 St. Patrick's Day message from President Michael D. Higgins

For the Irish version, please click here

To view this impressive video on Ireland made for St. Patrick's Day, please click here


Un corsario al servicio de Benjamin Franklin, by Carlos Colgan

The Embassy is delighted to draw attention to the publication of a highly interesting volume regarding the relationship between Spanish traders in the Canary Islands, many of them with close Irish links, with the United States at the time of Benjamin Franklin.  The author of this volume, Carlos Cologan Soriano, has been researching over a considerable time in the archives of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, and in the archives in Tenerife, including the extensive archives of the Cologan family. 

For a copy of this wonderful volume please send an email to


Emigrant Support Programme 2014

This year's funding round for grant applications under the Department of Foreign Affairs' Emigrant Support Programme is now open. The deadline for applications is 19 February. The ESP provides financial support to organisations engaged in the delivery of front line advisory services and community care to Irish emigrants, particularly to the more vulnerable and marginalised members of our community abroad.

The programme has also enabled the Government to invest in a range of cultural, community and heritage projects, which foster a vibrant sense of Irish community and identity. These grants are a key part of the Government’s approach to developing strong and meaningful links with Irish communities overseas and to securing the long term future of these communities.

To apply, or for more information, please click here.


Áyax de Sófocles, directed by Denis Rafter

Denis Rafter’s upcoming show “Ayax”, by Sophocles, took place in the Circulo de Bellas Artes on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 January.  For a copy of the dossier please click here

For more information and ticket sales please see here



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Certificate of Irish Heritage

The government has announced the introduction of a certificate of Irish Heritage for individuals born outside the island of Ireland and who are able to demonstrate a direct ancestral connection with the island of Ireland.

For more information, please see here

Emergency Assistance for Irish Citizens

Emergency Assistance for Irish Citizens

The Embassy provides emergency services for Irish citizens in Spain.

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Spanish Irish Business Network (SIBN)

Spanish Irish Business Network (SIBN)

The SIBN is a network of Irish and Spanish business people committed to promoting business links between Spain and Ireland

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2011 Presidential Visit

2011 Presidential Visit

Official visit of the President of Ireland Mary McAleese to Spain, 21-23 March 2011

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Information About Ireland

Information About Ireland

Click on the link below for information about Ireland

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If you are doing a project about Ireland you may find our School's Project Corner helpful

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Greening of the Puerta de Alcala

Contact Details

Embassy of Ireland
Ireland House
Paseo de la Castellana 46-4
28046 Madrid

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