History

The Deutsch-Irische Gesellschaft Bonn e. V. was founded on 7th December 1953 in Bonn by the scholar for Celtic Studies, Professor Dr. Rudolf Hertz and is thus the oldest of its kind in Germany. It committed itself to promoting personal and cultural relations between Germany and Ireland.

According to our current constitution, the society aims to develop and deepen relationships between Irish and Germans, facilitate cultural exchange, and serve scientific and humanitarian goals. The society is a not-for-profit organisation and is politically neutral.

Since its foundation, the German-Irish Society has also maintained a strong relationship with the Irish Embassy, which developed to a strong basis by manifold personal contacts of mutual and cooperation. This contact is seen as very positive by both sides and the society’s work has repeatedly been acknowledged by the embassy over the years.

As its more than 50-year-old history goes along the society has promoted these goals by its widespreading program of events with lectrures of prestigious scholars and experts from different aereas and countries, presentations of music by German and Irish artists and opportunities of personal encounters between Irish and Germans. Our Overview of Events, that lists all events since foundation of the society, gives you good impression.

Our Overview of Events, that lists all events since foundation of the society, gives you good impression. Since its foundation, the German-Irish Society has also maintained a strong relationship with the Irish Embassy, first in Bonn and now in Berlin. This contact is seen as very positive by both sides and the society’s work has repeatedly been acknowledged by the embassy over the years.

But most of all, our members and guests work as „Ambassadors for Ireland” in a very special way, speaking of a different Ireland in their walks of life, an Ireland beyond the stereotypical picture of the green isle with the jolly pub-culture and Irish folklore: They talk about the modern partner in the EU, with a rich culture heritage, a sometimes difficult history, beautiful landscapes and, last but not least, smart and lovable inhabitants, a country that plays its role in the European and international community of states with great enthusiasm.

A detailed account you can find here