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Friends of Ireland

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 and Australia.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Friends of Ireland

Friday 26th August 7.30pm SING STREET  - ANU film group will have a special screening of this movie in conjunction with the Embassy of Ireland. Enquiries at canberraembassy@dfa.ie

See Trivia night Sept 22nd details below under ACTIVITIES - Irish language classes below - for all interested in a fun night out.

Turning Wave Festival - Yass  16-18 Sept  turningwave.com.au for program details

FoI AGM Wed, Oct 19, 7.30pm Guest speaker: Ms  Margaret Betteridge, Heritage consultant for refurbishment  of The Lodge

FoI Xmas dinner - Wed, Dec 7


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 attended.

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 : The Society runs Irish language classes. For more information see Irish Language classes page on this menu or call Conor Bradley on 6251 4838.

CILA Trivia  Night: This event will be held at Canberra Irish Club on Sept 22 at 7pm. and it is open to everyone at all or no skills level in Irish, for a funfilled evening among friends.. Entertainment during the night will be provided. Tickets $6 or $5 for CILA members. $25 for a table of 5. Tickets available online at cila.org.au, at our Tues classes or you can pay at the door. If you would like to pay at the door let us know and we will set up room for you.

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. 

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.am on Sundays; and on Queanbeyan FM Radio.. 
Interim President: Conor Bradley.
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