Embassy of France, Dublin
LocationMerrion Square, Dublin
Address66 Fitzwilliam Lane, Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates53°20′19.34″N 6°14′58.27″W / 53.3387056°N 6.2495194°W / 53.3387056; -6.2495194Coordinates: 53°20′19.34″N 6°14′58.27″W / 53.3387056°N 6.2495194°W / 53.3387056; -6.2495194
AmbassadorVincent Guérend
WebsiteFrench Embassy, Ireland

The Embassy of France in Ireland (French: L'ambassade de France en Irlande) is the diplomatic mission of the French Republic in Ireland. It is located in Dublin.

As of September 2020, the current ambassador to Ireland is Vincent Guérend, who had previously served in a number of EU institutions (including the European Commission and European External Action Service[1]


The embassy is located at 66 Merrion Square. The public entrance is located towards the rear of the building at 66 Fitzwilliam Lane.

Diplomatic relations

Relations between France and Ireland began when the Irish Free State gained independence in 1922, however, it was not until 1930 that the French Legation was created.[citation needed]

The legation was upgraded to an Embassy in 1950, shortly after Ireland declared itself as a republic in 1948.[citation needed]

Former Embassy Building

In 1930, 53 Ailesbury Road was acquired by the French government for the French legation to the Irish Free State. It also housed the official residence of the first French Minister to the Irish Free State, Charles Alphand.

Initially known as Mytilene, the building was designed by Irish architect Alfred Gresham Jones and was completed over two years between 1883 and 1885.[2]

The French legation was transferred from its original location in Leixlip Castle, to the newly renovated Ailesbury Road address on 7 April 1931.[3]

In 2015 the French Embassy moved to its current location in Merrion Square and the original building continues to serve as the official residence of the French Ambassador.


See also


  1. ^ Department of Foreign Affairs. "October - New Ambassadors present Credentials - Department of Foreign Affairs". www.dfa.ie. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  2. ^ Kullmann, Kurt (4 September 2017). Four Sisters: The History of Ringsend, Irishtown, Sandymount and Merrion. History Press. ISBN 978-0-7509-8536-9.
  3. ^ "History of the French Legation". Ambassade de France en Irlande - French Embassy in Ireland. Retrieved 22 November 2020.