'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 and
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. 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
The 2015 St Patrick's Day Ecumenical Service, will be
held on Tuesday 17 March at the Australian Centre for Christianity and
Culture, in Barton.
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 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.