Irish Australia – Getting More Interesting

Launch of Elizabeth Malcolm and Dianne Hall, A New History of the Irish in Australia, Sydney, New South, 2018. This is the full text of Val Noone‘s launch speech on 20 November 2018 On your behalf, I pay our respects to the Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, especially to their … Continue reading

Irish South Australia: new histories and insights

Due to be launched on February 1 at the Irish Club, Carrington St, Adelaide, by the Irish Ambassador to Australia Breandán Ó Caollaí, this volume of essays has had some enthusiastic reviews already. Associate Professor of Archaeology at Flinders University, Heather Burke, says This collection provides a unique set of insights into Irish life in … Continue reading

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

A Book Review by Steve Carey Colm Toibin: Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers oWilde, Yeats, and Joyce. Picador, 2018. RRP: $29.99 [price at Readings] ISBN: 9781760781149 Originating as the 2017 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University, Tόibín’s little book is a meditation on three very different Dublin dads and their literary lads. At … Continue reading

Ó labhair an teanga Ghaeilge liom

2019 Canberra Irish Language Class Information Evening 5 February 2019 Nature of Event: If you’re interested in attending Irish language classes in 2019 please come to this free information session in February. This information session will serve to answer any questions you have about the classes, materials and content as well as giving you an … Continue reading

Rethinking Identities

Rethinking Identities

Reflections on Identity by Geraldine O’Reilly I’ve just returned from a trip ‘back home’. Like many immigrants I have more than one place I call ‘home’; in my heart ‘home’ is Melbourne, Northern England and Ireland. Ireland has its share of problems but is generally a happening place. Its people are enjoying liberties long denied; … Continue reading