For over a thousand years, 17 March is Saint Patrick’s Day, the day the Irish celebrate their patron. Saint Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland and also in other countries with many Irish descendants like Canada, UK, Australia, the United States and New Zealand. Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle” because of its vast green steppes. No wonder that the colour of Ireland, and consequently also Saint Patrick’s, is green. In São Paulo, as part of the celebrations, several monuments were illuminated, including a viaduct, a library, a bridge and a statue – all this catered for by the municipality.
The Irish Minister for Education and Skills, Mrs Jan O’Sullivan, spent the last few days in Brazil. In addition to inaugurating the Irish Consulate General in São Paulo, Mrs O’Sullivan attended several meetings with institutions and universities linked to the “Science without borders” programme. She also announced the launching of a Master’s degree scholarship programme for Brazilian students.
With such a distinguished representative from the greenest of countries in São Paulo, the Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras naturally seized the opportunity to present the Minister with a Palmeiras jersey. A white model was chosen, highlighting the signature of the squad’s captain Zé Roberto. The contact between the Irish delegation and Palmeiras was brokered by yours truly.
Minister Jan O’Sullivan was delighted. “I am honoured to have been presented a Palmeiras jersey signed by the ‘craque’ Zé Roberto. As a Government Minister from a small green country, it feels right for me to join all the great palmeirenses. I wish the club all the very best of luck for the rest of the season!” she stated shortly before leaving the country.