Hosting the 'H' in IHBC

Why are the Irish known for their hospitality? For more than a thousand years, Ireland was ruled by Brehon Law. One law in particular became ingrained in the Irish psyche and remains to this day: hospitality. Every household was obliged by law to entertain strangers and welcome them into their homes. Oigidecht (hospitality) could be food, drink, a bed, or even a song by fireside. The host was not allowed to ask questions of their guests, and the guests were required to be peaceful. And while money never exchanged hands, songs, stories, and poems were often the currency of the day. If someone knocked on your door asking for food and shelter, and you refused, you could be fined. While providing food to eat and a place to stay might be of little consequence if you had the time and the space that allowed such hospitality, Brehon Laws applied to both rich and poor. Often, the local chieftain set up a bruidean (public house) at a major crossroads, a  building with doors on all four sides. Provisions were laid on so that travellers could eat and rest for the night.

Monthly First Fridays

Our bruidean rotates from member pub to member pub. On the first Friday of every month, we gather in the company of friends and invite strangers to avail of our hospitality. It's a great opportunity to network or simply chat and enjoy quality time with good people. Walk up and introduce yourself and we’ll take it from there. Stay current with our events by subscribing to our newsletter or following us on Facebook.

Annual St Patrick's Festival

Since its inauguration in 2008, one of our signature events has been the St Patrick's Day Gala Dinner, hosted in the Marriott Hotel in Budapest. It offers guests a 5-star evening, with Irish music, Irish dancing, and specially selected Irish food and beverages. The dinner is part of a larger event that expands each year, and is essentially a celebration around the 17th of March, Ireland's National Day: St Patrick's Day. The annual St Patrick's Day Parade is now a firm feature on the Budapest social calendar. Stay current with our events by subscribing to our newsletter or following us on Facebook.

1st St Patrick's Day Parade in Budapest

Community Hikes

Spending a day in the hills surrounding Budapest is a great way to make new friends, get away from the city, and enjoy the fresh air. There's plenty of exercise and conversation to go around, whether it's chatting about how the last week has been, what's great (and maybe not so great) about living in Hungary, or what other events are coming up, like the First Friday. Each event ends with some post-exercise reflection over a meal and a few drinks in one of the lovely family-run Hungarian restaurants and pubs that dot the countryside: the perfect end to a great day out.  Remember to bring your camera as autumn and spring provide fantastic opportunities for photography. Stay current with our events by subscribing to our newsletter or following us on Facebook.

Hike in Pilis Hills

Random Social Events

Whether it’s getting together to watch the Irish rugby team hold their own in the Six Nations, joining the Busójárás festivities in the town of Mohács, or perhaps supporting an Irish sports event in the city, we’re happy to publicise and support such gatherings. From art exhibits to poetry readings, from concerts to networking events, if there’s an Irish element involved, we’ll advertise it. Stay current with our events by subscribing to our newsletter or following us on Facebook.

Mohács Festival