Ireland’s first ever participation in London’s Lord Mayor’s Show

Ceremonial coach of Dublin’s Lord Mayor to participate in London’s Lord Mayor’s Show thanks to Co-operation Ireland Chairman

Ireland’s first ever participation in London’s Lord Mayor’s Show

Ireland’s first ever participation in London’s Lord Mayor’s Show

On 9 November 2015 the Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced Ireland’s first ever participation in The Lord Mayor’s Show in London. The historic pageant, which takes place on Saturday 14 November, celebrates its 800th anniversary this year. Half a million people will line the streets of central London to cheer on the parade and it will be watched on national television by millions more.

For the first time ever, Ireland will be represented in the parade. Also for the first time ever, the ceremonial coach of Dublin’s Lord Mayor will leave Dublin and will be showcased in the ancient London pageant. The splendid, highly decorated carriage was built in 1791 and is a feature of the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin and other civic celebrations.

Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland worked with Dublin City Council, Tourism Ireland and The Lord Mayor’s office in London to facilitate the carriage being brought to London for the show. He was also instrumental in organising a visit to 10 Downing Street for the visiting 21 Mayors and Lord Mayors of Ireland. 

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The Lord Mayor’s Show is an extremely high profile event, celebrating its 800th anniversary in 2015. Tourism Ireland is delighted that the island of Ireland will be represented for the first time. Great Britain is the largest market for tourism to the island of Ireland and The Lord Mayor’s Show will be an excellent platform to promote the destination. It is another opportunity to profile the island of Ireland and to celebrate the relationship between our two islands. We have been delighted to work with Co-operation Ireland and Dublin City Council in making it all happen.”

Ireland’s participation in The Lord Mayor’s Show is the culmination of a week-long ‘Ireland in London’ programme. 

Pictured are Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland; HE Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Great Britain; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, at the announcement of Ireland’s first ever participation in The Lord Mayor’s Show, in the Irish Embassy in London.