On 27 August 1991, Ireland together with other countries in the European Economic Community recognised the Republic of Estonia, which led to establishing official diplomatic relations between Estonia and Ireland on 10 September 1991.
For the anniversary year, we have compiled a timeline of Estonian–Irish relations. It is a chronological gallery of historical photographs, documents, and texts, which provides an overview of the important moments of the relations between the two countries.
We would like to thank everyone who have contributed to the collection of facts, photos, and documents!
To see the photo captions, hover your cursor over the photo.
Have fun time travelling!
Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Embassy of Estonia in Dublin
The next Estonian honorary consul in Dublin Thomas Franklin Laurie was appointed on 26 February 1937 and he was active until the end of 1938.
The first Irish group to visit Estonia included Garech Browne, a notable patron of traditional Irish music, who was awarded the Cross of Terra Mariana in 2003 for advancing Estonian-Irish relations.
In addition to music, cultural exchange between the two countries includes theatre and literature. Numerous plays by Irish playwrights or authors of Irish origin (Brian Friel, Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr) have been produced in Estonia. Irish writers have been translated extensively into Estonian and many renowned authors have visited Estonia (John Banville, Jennifer Johnston, Ciaran Carson, Paul Muldoon, Louise O’Neill).
The next Irish ambassadors in Estonia:
Dáithí O’Ceallaigh (1995–1998, residing in Helsinki)
Geaoróid Ó Broin (1999–2001, residing in Helsinki)
Sean Farrell (2001–2004, residing in Tallinn)
Noel Kilkenny (2004–2008)
Thomas Bolster (2008–2010)
Peter McIvor (2010–2014)
Frank Flood (2014–2018)
Frances Kiernan (2018–)
The next Estonian ambassadors in Ireland:
Raul Mälk (1996–2003, resided in London and Tallinn)
Simmu Tiik (2003–2006, resided in Dublin)
Andre Pung (2006–2010)
Mait Martinson (2010–2014)
Kristi Karelsohn (2014–2018)
Aino Lepik von Wirèn (2018–)
The cultural programme included Irish poetry recited by poets Nuala Ni Dhomhnailli and Frank Onnsby, lectures on Irish culture, and performances by Irish musicians Dave Murphy, Harry Bent, Len Graham, and John Cambell. During the week, an Irish film programme was shown at the Kinomaja Cinema, an exhibition on books about Ireland and the Irish people was opened in the National Library.
On 15-17 February in Dublin, the RTÉ Living Music Festival was dedicated to Arvo Pärt’s work. On the opening night in the National Concert Hall (NCH), Tõnu Kaljuste conducted the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Philharmonic Choir.
In the framework of the festival, the embassy in cooperation with RTÉ Performing Group opened the exhibition ‘Arvo Pärt – Renowned and Unknown’.