Czech-Irish Business & Cultural Association
WHY JOIN 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, Michael Collins, Joe Hayes, Donal Hamill, Richard Ryan, Alison Kelly and Charles Sheehan. 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 more than a million 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!
A special thanks goes to all our members and sponsors, who throughout the years have supported CIBCA in organizing events, rallying support, building the community and funding the Association. Without these individuals and companies CIBCA could not be what it is today. Specifically we would like to thank: all staff, past and present, at the Irish Embassy Prague, Aidan & Isabelle O’Hara, Alan & Marketa Honan, Barry Cullen, Ben Pasternack, Billy Norton, Declan O’Brien, Gordon Cowan, the staff at the InterContinental Hotel Prague, especially Bettina Praschinger, Leon Larkin and Jiri Benes, Denis McCarthy, Dominic & Anja Lennon, Edel Harbison, Enda O’Coineen, Eoin Hanley, Frank Nourse, Gareth Evers, Karl & Eva Wilson, Garett Byrne, H.E. Donal Hamill & Bernadette Hamill, H.E. Joe Hayes, H.E. Marie Cross & Dr. John Cross, H.E. Michael Collins, Ivana Bozdechova, Ivor McElveen, Jim Mongey & Catriona Jaffrey, Joey Sheridan, John McCarthy & Hazel Twomey, Niall Keyes, Nicholas Kirke, Nigel Hawker, Pat & Cecelia O’Neill, Pat Fitzpatrick, Phillip Russell, Patricia Kavanagh, Paul A Dubsky, Paul F Dubsky, Peter Norton, Rob & Caitlin Fessler, Robby Norton, Robin Henry, Ruaidhri and Killian Lannen, Ruaidhri Mullen, Sean O’Sullivan, Sean Curran, Stefan Lager, Stephen Lusk and Stuart Evers.
CIBCA actively works with a number of organizations in the Czech Republic and Ireland to promote the interests of our Members. These include but are not limited to:
MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES, FEES & CONDITIONS
The objectives of the Czech-Irish Business & Cultural Association are to provide a forum in the Czech Republic for individuals and companies with interest in Ireland/Czech Republic commercial relations to enable them to meet, discuss and exchange ideas
and information on an informal basis. It also aims to represent, express and give effect to the views of the Irish Business Community in the Czech Republic regarding trade, investment, finance, industry and related matters, as and when these matters affect the economic interests of the Irish Business Community, and to promote the development of commerce and cultural exchange between Ireland and the Czech Republic.
The membership fee covers: listing on the CIBA web page with direct link, listing in the Membership Directory, access to
all Association events at discounted rate and other various advantages. Paid-up members of the Association will have the
right to vote and to hold office.
Click here to download the CIBCA articles of association.