Finland's centenary celebrations in Ireland culminated in a Finland100 Festival that took place on 18 November in Dublin. Finland100 committee –formed by the Finnish Business Club in Ireland and the Irish Finnish Society–organised together with the Finnish community an all-day festival, which was a great success. The Festival consisted of a day event and a buffet dinner and party in the evening.
The day event took place in a lively district of Temple Bar in Dublin. During the day, visitors had a chance to explore Finland through a Finland100 exhibition as well as through speeches and presentations. They were also introduced to Finnish culture and lifestyle and to the similarities and differences in life in Ireland and Finland.
The day event featured speeches and presentations on various themes. Lt. Col Bernard Markey spoke about Finnish-Irish peacekeeping cooperation in Lebanon and former diplomat Rolf Johansson compared Irish and Finnish history. Dr. Conor Norton from Dublin Institute of Technology gave a presentation on the developments in urban planning in Helsinki and Dublin and entrepreneur Titta Jones described the history of Finnish women.
The programme also included a panel discussion with Finnish authors based in Ireland, Arja Kajermo, Hanna Tuuri Burke and Tiina Walsh. The day ended with a music performance by Suomi-koulu (Finnish school) in Dublin and a drawing competition for children. The visitors also had an opportunity to sample Finnish delicacies during the event. The event attracted a total of 200 visitors.
The festival closed with a buffet dinner which was organised at Clayton Hotel in Dublin. Around 150 guests gathered to enjoy food and drink along with speeches and music performances. The evening climaxed with a disco playing Finnish hits from the past decades.