Faculty of Economics & Business - Zagreb

EXHIBITION "Ireland and the Birth of Europe”

Exhibition Ireland and the Birth of Europe

The Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb is strategically oriented towards the internationalization of its study programs and has become a center of economic and business education for students from various countries of the European Union and beyond through its accredited programs. In order to provide domestic and international students and other members of the academic community with the opportunity to educate themselves about the similarities and differences between the countries of the European Union and to promote greater student mobility, the idea arose to launch the project EU states in the focus of education. The initiator of the project is the Faculty of Economics & Business of the University of Zagreb, which will organize a series of exhibitions on cultural, educational, economic, and other important aspects that characterize each country, in cooperation with the embassies of EU member states. The project is implemented with the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Croatia. The organization of exhibitions is carried out by the Library and Documentation Center (LDC) and the European Documentation Center (EDC-LDC) of the Faculty of Economics & Business - Zagreb. The exhibitions will be open to the public in the premises of LDC and EDC.

Ireland, for the Irish, Éire, the Green Island, the Emerald Island, the land of saints and heroes, myths, legends and spirituality, a land of spectacular beauty, turbulent history and carefully preserved heritage is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe.

In addition to green pastures and Celtic buildings, Ireland is special for many other interesting things, such as distinctive riding horses, Guinness beer, the Irish elf, the Titanic, which was built in this country, as many as 7 Eurovision victories, 3 Nobel Prize winners in literature, etc. The patron saint of Ireland is St. Parick whose day is celebrated on March 17th as St. Patrick's Day. The five significant symbols of Ireland are: the shamrock, the harp, the Celtic tree of life, the Trinity knot, and the Leprechaun - the Irish elf. The oldest Irish university, Trinity College in Dublin, was founded by Queen Elizabeth I way back in 1592. According to the constitutional arrangement, Ireland's parliamentary democracy is divided into 26 counties, and the capital is Dublin. It has been a member of the European Union since 1973, and the official currency is the euro.

Exhibition "Ireland and the Birth of Europe"

The richly illustrated exhibition "Ireland and the Birth of Europe", which describes the important role of Irish scientists and missionaries in the early history of the European idea, can be visited in the Library and Documentation Centre from September 1st  to October 10th, 2023.

In 1973, Ireland joined the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the European Union, but Irish participation in the development of European identities dates back more than a thousand years. After the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West, Europeans began to build the European culture and identity on these foundations, and thanks to the Irish missionary St. Columbanus, who wrote the totius Europae, Ireland has played an important role in shaping European heritage from the very beginning (D. Bracken i A. Byrne).

The graphic design of the exhibition was done by Studio Suss. The exhibition has the character of a traveling exhibition presented around the world (Ireland, Hungary, Germany, Croatia, Bulgaria, Japan, USA...).