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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 23rd July  Lunch at noon followed by talk and demonstration by "Set In Their Ways", a Canberra Irish set dancing group. History, music and atmosphere assured!

Sunday Aug 6th  Lunch at noon and a talk by Acting Vice Chancellor of Canberra University Prof. Frances Shannon who will talk about the contribution the Irish have made to medicine in Australia and the University's work in cancer research.



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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