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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.


Wed July 20th 1pm  Free lunchtime event.  Guest Speaker: Paul Malone, Irish-born Sunday Canberra Times columnist will talk about his personal  observations on the progress of reconciliation in Nthn. Ireland.and the impact of Brexit . .Enquiries  62861218.  Enjoy a pre-meetimg lunch or a coffee at the Club's Molly's  Bistro.

Wed 3rd August: All day seminar AUSTRALIA AND THE 1916 RISING at The National Library of Australia, in conjunction with ADFA,- UNSW, Embassy of Ireland and Friends of Ireland Soc.  Enquiries . 0466 402 415
Register at www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/conferences/australia-and-1916-rising-ireland  Concession rate for Friends of Ireland members, only $30


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.

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 undertaking.


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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