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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

An INVITATION to all FoI members and guests,      

Friends of Ireland Sunday Lunch and talk  by Dr Bernadette Boss

Canberra Irish Club, Parkinson St., Weston

Sunday,  September 17th at 12 noon   - 2.00   pm


"Dr Bernadette Boss has been a distinguished practitioner in the law in Australia since 1993, and has been on the Bench of the ACT Magistrate's Court since June 2012. She has practised in many areas of the law including family law, military law, and administrative law.

She holds a PhD in law from Sydney University in the areas of international humanitarian law and human rights law. She has previously been the Vice President of the ACT Bar Association and has lectured at the ANU.  She is a senior officer in the Australian Army Reserve.

Dr Boss's mother is Irish.

She will talk to us about the role of Irish women as part of the Irish diaspora and the title of her talk will be - "Ned Kelly's Mother: An overview of Irish women and Immigration".  

We hope to see you there. Invite your friends to come too! The talk will start at 1pm.


 Please make a reservation for lunch at the Club ph 62885088 and say you are with Friends of Ireland. Bring your friends along too!   State any dietary requirements. All meat is sourced from The Irish Butcher!


***Please add Wed. Dec 6th to your diary for our Christmas Dinner   



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.


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.

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.
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