' Ourselves are not only where we are, but where we have come
from'. Patrick O'Farrell, historian of Ireland and Australia
Founded in 1985, theFriends
of Ireland Society. or, in the
Irish Language,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.
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
Ryan, the Federal Age Discrimination
Commissioner; Frank O'Shea, Canberra
writer and book critic; and Noel
White, Ambassador of
Other events include the St Patrick's Day
Ecumenical Service, Bloomsday, and the annual Eureka Dinner and
Lecture. which commemorates the Eureka Rebellion (3 December 1854). The
2013 Eureka Lecture was given by the Hon Terry Higgins,
the retired Chief Justice of the ACT.
The Society is supported by the Canberra Irish Club. We encourage members
& their friends to support the Club. Becoming a Club member, enjoying a
meal from at Molly Bloom's, or arranging your work / family function there,
are all practical ways to ensure the continuation of an Irish Club in
You are warmly welcome to our St Patrick's Day Ecumenical Service,
12pm, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Blackhall Street,
Barton ( CSU campus), Saturday 15 March. St Patrick's Day Address by the
Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who comes from 'the 33rd county of
Ireland', Liverpool, England.
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.
PUBLICITY Cairde Na hÉireannpublicises its
activities on theIrish
Voiceradio programme on 2XX at
10.30 am on Sundays;Queanbeyan FM
Radio;and in the Fridge Door column
All of our events are open to the
public.Why not become a
member?You'll find a warm welcome!
Membership fees start from a low $10, and 2 year memberships and direct
debit facilities are
available.Members receive a regular
Membership and general enquiries