Nepal Ireland Society gets new Executive Committee
The fourth General Assembly of Nepal Ireland Society (NIS), held in Dublin on 8th June 2013, formed its new Executive Committee under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise, Nepalese Ambassador to the UK & Ireland. The office bearers of the NIS new Executive Committee include Deepesh Man Shakya (President), Dr. Jane Fenlon (Vice-President), Gangaram Kandel (General Secretary), Prakash Mali (Treasurer) and Jivan Timalsina (Public Relations Officer). The other members of the new NIS Executive Committee include Conor Fox, John Kearns, Prahlad Basnet, Emma Lynch, Alison Irwin, Ram Narayan Poudel, Cian O’Brolchain, Chandra Ghale and Gerard McGranaghan. The election process was conducted by Dr. Keshav Bhattarai.
It is noted that, in the absence of Nepalese Embassy in Ireland, NIS has been working closely with the Embassy of Nepal in the UK to strengthen ties between Ireland and Nepal, both at government and people level. In the years 2011 and 2012, NIS organized and co-ordinated Nepal Tourism Promotion programs in Dublin, in collaboration with the Embassy of Nepal in the UK and Nepal Tourism Board. A similar programme is scheduled for this year 2013 as well to encourage more Irish nationals to visit Nepal.
This is the first time the Executive Committee of NIS has included members from both Nepalese and Irish communities.
Some Mountains for Your Life
- Grainne Kilcullen
On my first visit to Nepal, I landed on a late August evening to a cloudless and busy Kathmandu. It was a bumpy taxi drive to my accommodation in the center of Thamel; a predominantly tourist haven selling bohemian clothes, pashminas and many woollen hats. Thamel is a boisterous place but the streets encourage browsing and easy walking unlike many other parts of the city. At first, the area felt like it was a personification of the stereotypical atmosphere that attracted so many wanderers in the 70's. Yet, the relentless encroachment of propelled vehicles quickly reminded me of Thamel’s sprawling environs, which I was eager to discover.
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My Nepal Visit
I have always been intrigued by anything to do with Nepal and particularly Mount Everest. My visit to Nepal fulfilled a lifelong ambition to travel there and experience the country, its culture and its people firsthand. It did not disappoint! From the moment I arrived, I was greeted by warm hospitality and a vast array of new sights and experiences, but most importantly, I made some lifelong friends and cannot wait to return to visit the country with my own children so they too can experience firsthand, the beauty and diversity that is Nepal.
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“Explore Nepal” Banners on Dublin Buses
Local buses in the Irish capital city of Dublin have been seen with banner entitled “Explore Nepal”, for encouraging Irish tourists to visit Nepal. Such banners can be seen on 50 Dublin Buses plying on the main routes of Dublin city, for two weeks starting from Monday, 23rd July 2012. This tourism promotion initiative in the Irish capital has been jointly organised by Nepal Tourism Board, Nepalese Embassy in London and Nepal Ireland Society (NIS), Dublin.
The Nepalese Ambassador to the UK and Ireland Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise, through a message sent to the campaign launch ceremony, said that similar tourism promotion programmes have already been organised in various cities of the UK and the Embassy is putting effort to continue similar activities in the Republic of Ireland as well. Dr. Chalise revealed that very positive responses have been received from such initiatives, and this would certainly help in increasing the number of tourists from the UK and Ireland to Nepal.
Speaking on the occasion, NIS President Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya said that hundreds of Irish visit to Nepal every year. He further said that such tourism promotion initiatives would certainly increase the number of Irish visitors to Nepal. He expressed his gratitude towards the Embassy for their effort in working with Nepalese community here to organize such programmes in Ireland. According to Mr. Shakya, Irish visitors to Nepal mainly include volunteers, trekkers and mountaineers. He added that a number of Irish INGOs are actively involved in various development activities in the remote parts of Nepal, and these organisations are also playing key roles in the promotion of tourism in Nepal. NIS General Secretary Mr. Gangaram Kandel is also upbeat by the response received from the Nepalese Community in Ireland to this tourism promotion initiative. He opined that the help received from the Nepalese Community in Ireland would encourage organising similar programmes in future, not only in Dublin, but also in other cities of Ireland.
This is the second time a major Nepal Tourism Promotion programme is being organized in Ireland. The first one entitled “Nepal Tourism Year 2011” was successfully organised in Dublin last year jointly by the Nepalese Embassy London, Nepal Tourism Board and Nepal Ireland Society. The Lord Mayor of Dublin Mr. Andrew Montague had inaugurated the programme. On that occasion, the Ambassador Dr. Chalise had also felicitated the Irish Mt Everest summiteers over the past several years.
With this tourist promotion programme, the Nepalese community in Ireland has set a beautiful example to prove that culture identity and love of their motherland will remain indelible in every Nepalese heart irrespective of whether they live in Nepal or in any other part of the world.