First Diplomatic Gala Dinner in Northern Ireland is announced

The Consular Corps/Association of Northern Ireland (CA-NI) announce Co-operation Ireland as charity partner for inaugural Diplomatic Gala Dinner

First Diplomatic Gala Dinner in Northern Ireland is announced

First Diplomatic Gala Dinner in Northern Ireland is announced

Co-operation Ireland is delighted to have been nominated as the beneficiary charity for this first ever Consular Corps/Association of Northern Ireland Diplomatic Dinner, scheduled for 12 October at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaws Bridge, Belfast. 

The dinner is an opportunity for CA-NI to officially bring Ambassadors, High Commissioners and senior Diplomats to Northern Ireland to celebrate the increasing multiculturalism and diversity of Northern Ireland society. Diplomats from across the world will be in attendance.

Established over 10 years ago CA-NI, has members representing 40 countries with Honorary Consuls and including the United States, China and the European Commission with a full Diplomatic presence here. 

Making the announcement CA-NI President Lord Rana said “I am pleased that our first Diplomatic Dinner is taking place in October and that it celebrates the progress made in the last 10 years. It also shows the progress that has been made in Northern Ireland from the dark days of the 1970s, 80s and 90s and the decision of so many countries to set up a consulate here. These Honorary Consuls play an important role in developing trade, tourism, educational and cultural links between the countries they represent and Northern Ireland. I am confident this Diplomatic Dinner will be an historic event and a forerunner of many more to come in the years ahead”.

Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland said “I am delighted Co-operation Ireland has been chosen as the charity for the inaugural Diplomatic Dinner. As an organisation, whose aim is to build better relations between the people living on this island, the aim of this dinner fits our remit perfectly.

“Over the past decade we have seen our society move from being primarily Irish or British to a society that is culturally and ethnically diverse and this is something we reflect in our programme design. We believe that it is vitally important that people feel welcomed and are able to integrate into all parts of Irish society, North or South.”

The Duchess of Abercorn whose own ancestry hails from Russia, will be our Guest of Honour at this black tie/traditional dress Diplomatic Dinner which will take the format of a Welcome Drinks Reception commencing at 19.00 with  4-Course Dinner, Guest Speaker, Ethnic Music and other entertainment.

Table information is available from Jerome Mullen, Chair of the CA-NI Organising Committee Mob 07836 734040 or Terry O’Neill Co-operation Ireland Mob 07771 542288  

 The cost of the dinner is £950 for a table of 10 or individual places (based on a min of 2 tickets) on shared tables at £190 per pair.


Pictured at the Baronscourt Estate are the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn, along with Lord Rani President CA-NI. Jerome Mullen CA-NI and  Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive Co-operation Ireland, where the First Diplomatic Dinner to be held in Northern Ireland was announced.