Irish Association of Korea
Social group for Irish people residing in Seoul. Meets monthly on the 17th of each month for friendship. Organizes Irish cultural events throughout the year.
The Irish Association of Korea (IAK) is a volunteer organisation which has been in existence in
Korea since the early 1990’s. The IAKs goals are the promotion of Irish culture and raising
awareness of Ireland among Koreans and other nationalities in Korea.
The committee and participants in the IAK are made up of people from Ireland, Korea and other
parts of the world. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Ireland and current members
come from a broad range of backgrounds including business, the arts, diplomacy, trade, education,
sport and religious missions. The IAK organises a number of popular and unique cultural events
throughout the year. In the past these have included céilís (a céilí is an Irish traditional music and
dance gathering), Irish rock and contempary music events, Irish film screenings, literature and
poetry evenings, plays, quiz nights, information days and general gettogethers. Many of the
elements of these events are bilingual to help to appeal to everyone.
The most significant event which the IAK organises is the Saint Patricks Day Festival. This takes
place for a few days around the 17th of March (Saint Patricks day, Irelands national day) each year. This events features a combination of Irish culture.
Each September, the IAK organizes Seoul Ceili to celebrate Irish music and traditional Ceili (group) dancing. There are also bi weekly open Irish music sessions. There are also a large number of Meetups that one can join. The organization encourages anyone with an interest in Irish Culture to get involved and join in.
The IAK is always striving to improve and expand their reach in Korea. Any interested individual s or companies can get involved by volunteering at events, joining the committee, sponsoring events, suggesting and running Irish related events or in any other way.
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