Wednesday 9 May: Europe Day
Europe Day is celebrated every year on 9 May. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable.
His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman's proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
Scroll down for information on Europe Day events taking place around Ireland.
Europe Day events around Ireland
|Wednesday 9 May||Sligo Europe Direct Information Centre, Sligo Library||Secondary Schools Debating competition on the theme: ‘This house believes that state funding of the arts & heritage is essential to a civilised society.’|
|Wednesday 9 May||Gweedore Europe Direct Information Centre, Gweedore Library||Sample culinary delights from around Europe with local chef Caitlín Uí Ghallachoir, from well-known eatery, Caifé Cití, Bunbeg, Gweedore from 1 pm.|
|Wednesday 9 May||Blanchardstown Europe Direct Information Centre, Blanchardstown Library||A Celebration of European music. Teresa O’Donnell & Emer Barry will perform music by Bach, Belfe, Delibes, Puccini & Piaf as well as a special performance of the European anthem Ode to Joy by Beethoven at 6.45 pm.|
|Tuesday 8 May||Ballinasloe Europe Direct Information Centre, Ballinasloe Library||Senator Maura Hopkins, Irish delegate to the Council of Europe, will host a discussion with Mairead McGuinness MEP, First Vice President of the European Parliament. The topic will be “The impact of EU membership on Ireland”. Everyone is welcome to attend this event which starts at 11.30 am.|
|Wednesday 9 May||Ballinasloe Europe Direct Information Centre, Ballinasloe Library||Phillida Eves, Sensory Creative Educator will take children from local schools on a hunt for the elusive Eurasian brown bear around the forests of Europe. Phillida was recently chosen to attend the Big Umbrella Arts Festival for children on the autistic spectrum in New York and this event is tailored to children of all abilities with a particular emphasis on highlighting the positive impact of the arts on those living with autism. The event takes place from 10.15 to 11.15 am.|
|Wednesday 9 May||Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre, Central Library||
Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC) will have a stall in City Square Shopping Centre, Waterford from 1-3pm where members of the public can get information on the EU. Europe Direct Staff will also have information on a wide range of topics from Travelling in Europe, Citizen’s Dialogues to supports for SMEs and entrepreneurs. Passers-by will be able to find out about upcoming events and discover how they can visit the Centre, based in Central Library, Lady Lane to find answers to any questions on their rights as an EU Citizen.
|Friday 11 May||Carraroe Europe Direct Information Centre, Carraroe Library||'Lá na hEorpa' will be celebrated with a visit to the centre by Maireád Ní Oistín. Mairead previously worked with NASC-WEST Ireland European Liaison and she will talk to the children about her experiences of working in Brussels. The children will receive European goodie bags including European passports, Is seampín é Brendán and Docas na Kaynkos.|