The basis of the cultural and sacral connections between the two countries is the Weeping Virgin painting, also known as the Irish Madonna, which was rescued by Walter Lynch, bishop of Clonfert in Ireland and brought to Győr during the times of the religious persecution under Oliver Cromwell. The painting wept blood on March 17, 1697, on Saint Patrick’s day, the patron saint of the Irish from 6 to 9 in the morning. Later it was explained by the event that this was the day when Catholic priests loyal to their faith were banned from Ireland in that year. The annual festival also takes place in March. Besides religious programmes there will be concerts, dance performances, exhibitions and children’s programs presenting the colourful culture of Ireland.