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.
UPCOMING EVENT: Friends of Ireland Society AGM 2019
Wednesday 23rd October at 7.30 pm Cotter Room Canberra Irish Club.
All positions are open - Financial members are invited to nominate
for our Committee.
After our meeting we will be presenting an introduction to Halloween and
then fun and special treats!
" BANGIN' NIGHT AND OTHER TRADITIONAL IRISH HALLOWEEN STORIES
Come get your fortune told!
After the Friends of Ireland AGM Martha and Máire will play tag team
on their versions of growing up in Ireland around Halloween. Feel free to
add your own stories on the night! Fortunes will be told! Come and enjoy
the fun! "
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
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; H.E.Noel White, Ambassador
of Ireland; ACT Magistrate Dr. Bernadette Boss; Historian, Dr Patricia
Clarke; and Canberra University's Assistant Dean, Prof Francis Shannon.
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 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 of $40 or $20
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.
Membership enquiries to Jill Hanson 02 6288 6729 or
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.