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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.


Friends of Ireland Sunday Lunch

Growing up Catholic and Growing Up With Catholics

The Catholic education system was arguably Ireland's biggest legacy to this country. What was it like to grow up Catholic in Sydney or in Melbourne or even in rural Australia? Or in Ireland? Come along and listen to the stories  and  bring your own memories of your formative years to share.


                                 Brendan Smyth MLA  ACT
                                 Professor Tony O'Grady
                                 Margaret Naylor

Meet our friendly members and enjoy an entertaining lunch at The Canberra Irish Club 

Sunday 20th September at 12 noon
$20 per person
Book at the Club on our booking sheet or phone 62885088 or 62887451 


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.

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.


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. 

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 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 02 6288 6729.

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.

Co-Presidents: Richard Reid and John Collard.
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