Cairde Na hÉireann
'Ourselves are not only where we are, but where we have come
from'.the late Professor Patrick O'Farrell,
historian of Ireland and Australia
Founded in 1985, the Friends of Ireland Society (or in Irish,
Cairde na hÉireann) reflects the deep interest of many people in the
Canberra region in their Irish origins and in the links between Ireland
The Society seeks to promote a better understanding of modern Ireland
(both North and South) and of the distinctive contribution that the Irish
have made to the Australian way of life.
Friends of Ireland AGM and 30th birthday celebration
Wednesday 28th October, 7.30pm Canberra Irish Club
Please contact our secretary, Ciara Phelan if you would like to nominate
for a position on our committee by 21st October on 0422494162.
Join other members for dinner at the club beforehand and stay on
afterwards for our 30th birthday celebrations.
Our Christmas Dinner will be held at the club on Wednesday 16th December.
Our guest speaker nights are particularly popular & are usually
held at the Canberra Irish Club on the third Wednesday of the month, with
an optional pre-meeting meal beforehand.
The Annual St Patrick's Day Ecumenical Service at the Centre for
Christianity in Barton is always a most popular event and very well
Our Yeats Day in August 2015 at the National Library was a wonderful
success. This was the 150th anniversary celebration of the birth of
Ireland's first Nobel Prize winner and internationally regarded poet.
Past speakers at FOI meetings include Booker Prize winning author,
Thomas Keneally; Susan Ryan, the Federal Age Discrimination Commissioner;
Frank O'Shea, Canberra writer and book critic; and H.E.Noel White,
Ambassador of Ireland.
Irish language classes 2014: The Society runs Irish
language classes. For more information see Irish Language classes page on
this menu or call Conor Bradley on 6251 4838.
The Society is supported by the Canberra Irish Club. We
encourage members & their friends to support the Club. Becoming a
Club member, enjoying a bistro meal at Molly Bloom's, or arranging your
work / family function at the Club are all practical ways to ensure the
continuation of an Irish Club in Canberra.
Follow-up to St.Patrick's Day Ecumenical Service 2015 -
READ the letter (attached at the bottom of this
page) from the Corrymeela Community, detailing the work they are
All of our events are open to the public. Why not become a member?
You'll find a warm welcome! Annual membership per household is $20 or
$10 (concession) and 2 year memberships and direct debit facilities are
available. Members receive an occasional newsletter advising them of
our varied functions and events.
Membership enquiries to Jill Hanson 02 6288 6729.
Cairde Na hÉireann publicises its activities on the Irish
Voice radio program on 2XX at 10.30 am on Sundays; Queanbeyan FM Radio;
Special Community Club noticeboard.
Co-Presidents: Richard Reid and John Collard.