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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.

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 Cotter.

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.



PAST EVENTS

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.


ACTIVITIES

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.

PUBLICITY
Cairde Na hÉireann publicises its activities on the Irish Voice radio program on 2XX at 10.am on Sundays; and on Queanbeyan FM Radio.. 
President: Martha McEvoy.
Opening Hours
Mon 11:30am - 10:00pm
Tue - Thur 11:30am - 11:00pm
Fri - Sat 11:30am - 1:00am
Sun 11:30am - 10:00pm
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