The Inevitable love between Croatia and Ireland

Friendly and open relations between Croatia and Ireland are one of the reasons why Croatian workers leave Croatia and choose Ireland as the most favorite destination in search of a better quality of life. The Inevitable love between these two countries dates back to the 8th century when Croatia was first founded as a duchy. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on January 27, 1995. following Croatia’s independence from SFR Yugoslavia. Croatia’s membership in the EU made love with Ireland inevitable and stronger because Ireland showed strong support. Ireland made huge investments and will continue investing in Croatia.

Panorama of Zadar, Croatia, photo by Velid Jakupović Gricko, photo credit by TB of Zadar city
Panorama of Zadar, Croatia, photo by Velid Jakupović Gricko, photo credit by TB of Zadar city

Notable people from Croatian-Irish history worth mentioning are Saint Donatus of Zadar, an Irishman who built the Pre-Romanesque church that bears his name in the Croatian town of Zadar. Famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats recommended the famous Croatian artist Ivan Meštrović for making the first Irish coins. Meštrović, unfortunately, was late for the competition, but despite the delays, he made a magnificent coin motif and donated it to the Free State of Ireland. The work is now kept in the National Museum of Ireland since 1965. that motif Ireland uses on the official seal of the Central Bank. Another Irishman, Thomas Crowley, defended Croatia in the Croatian War of Independence and is considered a hero in Croatia. Many people do not know that the famous Irish novelist James Joyce eloped to Croatia at 22 in the company of his future wife. He taught English, and in the Croatian town of Pula, he practiced unconventional writing forms that later made him famous. Joyce is best known for Ulysses, a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer’s Odyssey are paralleled in various literary styles.

The 5 wells square, ZAdar, Dalmatia, Croatia, photo by Stipe Surac, photo credit by TB of Zadar
The 5 wells square, ZAdar, Dalmatia, Croatia, photo by Stipe Surac, photo credit by TB of Zadar

Meštrović, unfortunately, was late for the competition, but despite the delays, he made a magnificent coin motif and donated it to the Free State of Ireland. The work has been kept in the National Museum of Ireland since 1965. that motif Ireland uses on the official seal of the Central bank. Another Irishman, Thomas Crowley, defended Croatia in the Croatian War of Independence and is considered a hero in Croatia. Many people do not know that the famous Irish novelist James Joyce eloped to Croatia at the age of 22 in the company of his future wife. He taught English, and in the Croatian town of Pula, he practiced those unconventional writing forms that later made him famous. Joyce is best known for Ulysses, a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer’s Odyssey are paralleled in various literary styles.

Forum, Zadar, Croatia, photo by Filip Brala, photo credit by TB of Zadar city
Forum, Zadar, Croatia, photo by Filip Brala, photo credit by TB of Zadar city

Today, Croatia has an embassy in Dublin, and Ireland has a consulate in Zagreb.

Thanks to the fact that they do not have political issues, relations will undoubtedly remain very good and mutually supportive.

Zadar, Croatia, photo by Davor Strenja, photo credit by TB of Zadar
Zadar, Croatia, photo by Davor Strenja, photo credit by TB of Zadar

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