' Ourselves are not only where we are, but where we have come
from'. Patrick O'Farrell, historian of Ireland and Australia
Founded in 1985, theFriends of
Ireland Society. or, in the Irish
Language,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 Societyseeks 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. They 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 Ireland.
Other events include the St Patrick's Day
Ecumenical Service, Bloomsday, and the annual Eureka Dinner and
Lecture. which commemorates the Eureka Rebellion (3 December 1854). The
2013 Eureka Lecture was given by the Hon Terry Higgins,
the retired Chief Justice of the ACT.
The Society is supported by the Canberra Irish Club. We encourage members
& their friends to support the Club. Becoming a Club member, enjoying
a meal from at Molly Bloom's, or arranging your work / family function
there, are all practical ways to ensure the continuation of an Irish Club
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.
PUBLICITY Cairde Na hÉireannpublicises its activities on
theIrish Voiceradio programme on 2XX at 10.30 am on
Sundays;Queanbeyan FM Radio;and in the Fridge Door column
inThe Canberra Times.
All of our events are open to the
public.Why not become a member?You'll find a warm welcome! Membership fees
start from a low $10, and 2 year memberships and direct debit facilities
are available.Members receive a regular newsletter.
Co-Presidents: Richard Reid and John
Collard. Membership enquiries toTania