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.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Friends of Ireland
Sunday Lunch, May 21st , live music and talk "FINDING
GARRETT COTTER" by Richard Begbie @ 12 noon
This is a talk about the Irish born convict who became a respectable
farmer in our region, Cotter was accused of participating in a riotous
agrarian group called the Whiteboys - come and hear more about Garrett
All welcome. Book for lunch at the Irish Club 62885088.
Thursday 15th June 7pm for 7.30 BLOOMSDAY event. Although
this is not being organized by FoI we encourage all interested members
to attend at Canberra Irish Club.
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 : For more information see Irish
Language classes page on this menu, call Conor Bradley on 6251 4838, or
visit Canberra Irish Language Association website http://cila.org.au/
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
President: Martha McEvoy.