Turkey-Irish Relations

It is the first known event of Turkish-Irish relations in Ireland after years by the Ottoman navy of an Irish trade ship that opened to the Mediterranean in the 16th century and was handed over to pirates.

In Ireland, between 1845 and 1851, the Great Scarcity continued, and in 1847 financial assistance was sent by Sultan Abdulmecit. The Ottoman documents proving that the help was done, and the thanks of the British authorities, local authorities and prominent figures of the Irish are in the Prime Ministry Ottoman Archives. It is known that Ottoman ships departing from Istanbul were not allowed to enter the port of Dublin after the fact that five vessels loaded with grain and food items were sent to the island in order to compensate for the decrease in the cash aid and it was known that they docked to Drogheda harbour 70 km away from Dublin and sneaked freely at night. On the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the founding of Drogheda, one of Ireland’s historic cities, and the 150th anniversary of the great famine,

Before the independence of Ireland in 1921, during the First World War, under the British command on the front of the Dardanelles, an Irish army fought against the Ottoman army. Nearly 5 Irish soldiers in Canakkale have lost their lives. On the other hand, the National Struggle has found support in the Irish public opinion, which has been struggling for independence in the same period.

Our diplomatic relations with Ireland were established in 1951 with notes. Our Embassy in Dublin was active in early 1973. The Irish Embassy in Ankara was opened in 1998.

In 2016, our bilateral trade volume increased by 0.9% to US $ 1 billion 319 million, our exports increased by 5.9% to US $ 495 million and our imports decreased by 1.9% to US $ 824 million. In the first two months of 2017, our bilateral trade was 195 million Dollars (exports: 76 million Dollars, imports: 119 million Dollars).

In 2002-2016 period, direct investments from Ireland to my country totalled $ 562 million. As of December 31, 2016, there are around 376 companies with Irish capital in our country.

In the same period, the total of direct investments made by our country in Ireland amounted to $ 742 million. Our country is ranked 5th among the tourist destinations preferred by Irish tourists. From Ireland to the country in 2016 54.221 tourists arrived.

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