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
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 events are particularly popular & are usually held at the Canberra Irish Club with an optional pre-meeting meal beforehand.
Several invitations to the Embassy of Ireland have been enjoyed to meet Irish authors and speakers or to celebrate significant anniversaries in Irish history.
The Annual St Patrick's Day Ecumenical Service 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, writer and book critic; H.E.Noel White, Ambassador of Ireland; ACT Magistrate Dr. Bernadette Boss; Historian, Dr Patricia Clarke; Canberra University's Assistant Dean, Prof Francis Shannon and historian, Dr Richard Reid.
Upcoming Event: St Patrick's Day Ecumenical/Interfaith Service at Marist College, Marr St Pearce, Saturday 14th March at noon,
Guest Speaker: Dr David Caldicott
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
The Society is supported by the Canberra Irish ClubWe 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 of $40 or $20 (concession)
Direct debit facilities are available.Beyond Bank BSB 325185 Acc Number 03405456. Please identify yourself on the payment.
Members receive an occasional newsletter advising them of our varied functions and events.
MembershipMembership enquiries to Jill Hanson 02 6288 6729 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cairde Na hÉireann publicises its activities on the Irish Voice
radio program on 2XX at 10.am on Sundays; and on Queanbeyan FM
President: Martha McEvoy.