'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.
Join us for a pre-meeting meal at Molly Bloom's Bistro from
The Bistro is getting very popular, so early booking are advised
on 6288 5088
More than 6000 Irish men and women enlisted in the Australian forces
during the First World War. Most had come to Australia to find a new life
in a young country far removed from the troubles of the old world, only
to find themselves caught up in the conflict between the European powers
that raged 100 years ago. About 900 did not return. The Irish Anzacs
Project aims to build a database of all of the Irish-born who enlisted in
the Australian Imperial Force during the war. Compiled from a range of
sources, the database will enable family and local historians to uncover
the stories of the war service of Australia's Irish Anzacs.
Dr Jeff Kildea is an adjunct professor in Irish Studies at the University
of New South Wales and the director of the Irish Anzacs Project. A
retired barrister, he held the Keith Cameron Chair of Australian History
at University College Dublin in 2014. He is the author of Anzacs and
Ireland (UNSW Press, 2007) and other books and articles on
Irish-Australia some of which are available on his website:
There will also be a brief presentation on Francis Hubert McNamara,VC,
Australia's first VC in the air. He was awarded this honour after a
daring rescue of another Australian pilot over Palestine in 1917.
McNamara was the second Irish Australian to be awarded the VC in W.W.1
and there is a famous painting of his heroic event in the Australian War
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
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 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.