Irish community in Luxembourg
Irish population in Luxembourg: 1,909 in 2019 versus 1,325 in 2011 (source: Statec)
The Irish community In Luxembourg is relatively large with people dispersed across different regions of the Grand Duchy, employed in many different sectors including banking & finance, hospitality, engineering, recruitment and childcare; also in the restaurant and bar industry, aircraft maintenance industry, in the EU institutions, in e-commerce companies and in film & media production.
Irish undergraduates also arrive each year to work on a temporary basis in various companies in partial fulfilment of the requirements for their university degrees.
After Ireland became a member of the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973, Irish citizens arrived in Luxembourg to take up work in the judicial and financial institutions of the Community. In the 40 plus years since then, families have settled, children and grandchildren have been born to one or two Irish parents. And these 2nd and 3rd generations have grown up in Luxembourg, part of the Irish community.
Many of us came for short stays (6 months, 1 year, 3 years) and never left! Others left and came back. More met their future spouses or partners in Luxembourg (or arrived with their other halves) of a different nationality to themselves and then found that Luxembourg, at the crossroads of Europe, was the perfect neutral country in which to make their home. Students who come on work placement and stay for 6 months often come back after graduation.
There are several Irish associations in Luxembourg with members not just from Ireland but from other countries too, who enjoy visiting Ireland and have an interest in Irish history & culture, especially in Irish language, music and dance. These are listed below with links to their respective websites and/or Facebook pages and all have plenty of information on how to become a member, on their activities and events, many of which are open to non-members.
Irish recurrent events
- Saint Patrick’s day: March, 17th – see below Irish Club Luxembourg
St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, is widely celebrated in Luxembourg not only by the Irish nationals of the Grand Duchy, but also by the whole country which traditionally goes green to celebrate the Patron Saint of Irish people. A great opportunity to join the Irish community in the country’s pubs!