'Ourselves are not only where we are, but where we have come
the late Professor Patrick O'Farrell, historian of Ireland and
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.
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.
Past speakers 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
A Taste of Ireland puts the spotlight on Irish
drink and food and is on Wednesday 25th February 7.30pm
at the Canberra Irish Club, Weston.
Please join us for an educated tasting of some of Ireland's most famous
beverages accompanied by music and stories. From cider, ale, and stout
through to the stronger stuff whiskey and even poitín!
Irish soda bread and hot snacks will be served and are included in
ticket price. In addition to the food, designated drivers will be offered
Irish soft drinks and tea and coffee.
Only a limited number of places have been allocated for this event so
please phone the Irish Club to reserve your spot!
Bookings Essential: $35 for alcohol tasting:
$5 for designated drivers Please phone the Irish Club on 6288 5088 to book your
Approximately 5-7 standard drinks will be served during the event.
The Friends of Ireland recommend the responsible consumption of alcohol.
The 2015 St Patrick's Day Ecumenical Service will be
held on Tuesday 17 March at 12:45pm at the Australian
Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton (Canberra
campus of Charles Sturt University).
Anglican bishop, the Rev. Stephen Pickard, will be
joined by clergy from the Catholic, Uniting and Lutheran Churches and by
representatives of Canberra's Irish organisations. Brigidine nun
and refugee advocate, Sr. Jane Keogh, will be guest
speaker. Traditional musicians and the Celtic
Choir will provide the music and a collection will aid the
peace-building work of the Corrymeela Community in Northern
Ireland. This is a public event celebrating the Irish heritage in
Australia- please spread the word to family and friends.
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.
All of our events are open to the public. Why not become a member?
You'll find a warm welcome! Annual membership is $20 or $10
(concession) and 2 year memberships and direct debit facilities are
available. Members receive an occasional newsletter.
Membership enquiries to Jill Hanson 02 6288 6729.
PUBLICITY Cairde Na hÉireann publicises its activities on the Irish
Voice radio program on 2XX at 10.30 am on Sundays; Queanbeyan FM Radio;and
in the Fridge Door column in The Canberra Times.