Annual Traditional Christmas Party
H.E. Seamus Mac Aonghusa, Ambassador of Ireland in Latvia, honoured us with the speech about the further cooperation in 2017. A very warm speech was given by Mrs. Maruta Plivda, the Chairperson of Preiļi Local government, as well as by Mrs. Iveta Stare, the Chairperson of Preili Hospital. This event was a next phase related to the cooperation with Latgale region, the CEO of ILCC Ilze Krēsliņa is sure it was not the last one – there are already more ideas and projects for 2017. Nice words were given by Mr Aldis Adamovičs, a deputy of Saeima, and a well-known Latvian film director Mr Jānis Steičs, who was born near Preiļi himself and currently is the citizen of honour of Preili town.
During the evening a great Irish and Latvian music was played by Ģirts Pavēnis. This year for our annual Holiday Celebration Concert joined: CEILI Rue, Irish dance studio, dancing the traditional Irish dances, and the Latvian folk dance group Gaida from Preili dancing traditional Latvian dances. As a surprise to our guests and friends was the last performance – Gaida dancers performed an Irish dance. It was a joint project with CEILI Rue.
The welcome drink was sponsored by Jameson and Kronis. Saldus Maiznieks had prepared very nice Christmas gifts for each guest: freshly made ginger breads and a slice of Latvian traditional rye bread. Avalon Hotel & Conferences served a great food for our guests during the evening, including salads, meat, and desserts. This was a great opportunity to celebrate the end of the year with colleagues and guests.
We would like to express a special gratitude to the co-host – Rietumu Bank and our supporter Embassy of Ireland in Latvia. Our raffle supporters – Jameson, Abavas vīni, Latvia Tours, Paddy Whelan`s, Hotel Tallink Riga, restaurant “Klīversala”, Orkla (Laima), Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel, AVALON Hotel & Conferences, Beauty Studio ESTRA, Hotel Radisson Blu Elizabete, ERGO Insurance, Democratic Wine Studio ‘’Garage’’, Bellevue Park Hotel, Food producer ‘’Kronis’’, Preiļi Local government.
This year two of our guests received a gift card from ILCC – a complimentary participation at one of the Business lunches or breakfasts. During the evening ILCC presented certificates of appreciation for the most punctual guests and friends: Debets and Taipei mission in Latvia, for the most generous friend: Rietumu Bank, and for the most frequent guests at our events: Latvia Tours, Numeri and Loze&Partners. We would like to express gratitude to the photographer Annija Jace. This time the donations went to Preili Hospital Maternity Ward.