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About the

Czech-Irish Business & Cultural Association

Founders

ABOUT CIBCA

Since 1991 members of the Irish business community in Prague have been meeting informally to exchange ideas and experiences. A few years later, the inaugural launch of the Czech-Irish Business Association took place in the restaurant U Ševce Matouše beside Prague castle in December 1995. Now more than twenty years later and a churn of several hundred souls, the Irish business community has become a steadfast force in the Czech Republic.

The strength of CIBCA is very much in community building – CIBCA arranges events where business people and partners can get together and develop a lifestyle, business contacts and friends all at the same time.

CIBCA has been recognized by the Irish government as the premier voice of the Irish community in the Czech Republic and as such has participated in events with President McAleese, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Tánaiste Mary Harney, Ministers Micheál Martin, Dermot Ahern, Mary Coughlan, Michael Ahern, Noel Ahern and many other visiting dignitaries.

CIBCA has always been supported by the Embassy of Ireland, and by all previous ambassadors: Marie Cross (September 1995 - July 1999), Michael Collins (August 1999 - July 2001), Joe Hayes (October 2001 - August 2005), Donal Hamill (September 2005 - October 2009), Richard Ryan (December 2009 - November 2011), Alison Kelly (February 2012 - August 2015), Charles Sheehan (August 2015 - August 2019) and Cliona Manahan (September 2019+).

 

As a not-for-profit organization, CIBCA makes donations to charities linking Ireland and the Czech Republic, such as the Barretstown Gang Camp, Krtek children’s cancer unit in Brno Hospital (which works with the BGC), The Ocean Youth Trust Ireland (the Czech team were the overall winners of the race from N. Ireland to France in 2005) and others. Over the years CIBCA has donated many hundreds of thousands of crowns to charity and good causes.

 

The committee and members of CIBCA are committed to continue in this strong tradition of service and community. We hope you will join us!

President
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