A small Armenian community exists in Ireland. The bulk of Irish Armenians live in Dublin and the exact number figures of how many Armenians are in Ireland are unknown, estimates range from 150 to 350 individuals who identify themselves as being of Armenian descent. In religion, the majority of Irish Armenians belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church, while the rest are mainly Armenian Catholics. The Armenian community has established a Sunday School and registered the Armenian Apostolic Church in Ireland.
Primate Very Revd. Dr. Vahan Hovhanessian set up the Armenian Mission Parish Council (MPC) for all Ireland in March 2011. In October 2010, The Armenian Church in Ireland was officially recognized, for the first time, by the Authorities in Ireland as a legal denomination and given the right to conduct its religious services and sacraments and preside over wedding ceremonies. Visitation of the mission parish by the clergy to celebrate Badarak (Divine Liturgy and Communion) , the establishment of educational programs regarding the Armenian faith, Bible studies, lectures and the provision of leadership and encouragement are just some of the objectives of a mission parish.
St. Hripsime Armenian Sunday School, founded by Ohan Yergainharsian, was established in 2009 thanks to the joint efforts of members of the Armenian community and the active support of the Armenian Honorary Consulate in Ireland. The school was established in recognition of the fact that Armenian children in Ireland did not have opportunities to study Armenian language, nor did they have opportunities to interact with fellow Armenians of their own age. The school facilities are rented from the Taney Parish Center.
Although there are several accounts of links between Armenia and Ireland rooted in ancient history, the bilateral relations on a state-to-state level were established following Armenia’s independence in 1991. Ireland recognized Armenia’s independence in December 1991 soon after the establishment of the Republic of Armenia following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1996.
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