13th February, 2010

Wild Geese Ball 2010

"Le Bal des Oies Sauvages” Paris February 13th 2010

On the eve of the France / Ireland match of the Six Nations rugby tournament, The Ireland Fund of France held the17th Annual Wild Geese Dinner Dance at the prestigious Parisien venue of Pavillon Dauphine.

Attended by 150 guests, the theme chosen for the evening was Chopin, commemorating the bicentenary of the famous composer. The renowned Irish pianist Miceal O’Rourke, who has lived in France for over 40 years was honoured for his musical contributions in particular, his focus on Chopin.  He has performed in France, Ireland, several Eastern European countries, Great Britain and the United States.

The Wild Geese sculpture was presented by Ambassador Paul Kavanagh.  Ambassador Roé d’Albert, French Ambassador to Ireland also attended the dinner.

Irish Jameson whiskies mingled excellently with French champagnes and wines, and Irish beef and cheeses regaled the fine pallets of the French and Irish guests, thanks to Bord Bia and Slatterys Cheesemongers.

Twelve happy winners of 2-day breaks in some of Ireland and France’s best manor houses and castles added to the success of the evening. The event will support The Ireland Fund of France in its ongoing work.