What’s On

Catch up Online, A Film Festival, A Joyce Concert, A Family History event, an Irish language summer school….

Important Dates

September 13 Melbourne Irish Series via Zoom

September 25 last day of the Irish Film Festival in Australi

October 6 Who Do We Think We Are, Melbourne

October 8 Love’s Old Sweet Songs, Melbourne

October 10 early bird registration for discount accommodation and course fees for the Irish language summer school in Bungendore, New South Wales

View online the Sydney Commemoration of the Great Irish Famine

The Annual Commemoration at Hyde Park Barracks was held on August 23 but is available to view online. See below for recording.

Here’s the 2022 Annual Commemoration Program

2022 Annual Commemoration Livestream (recording);

8th Irish Film Festival

is ongoing, 25 August – 25 September, in various capital cities

5 Australian capital cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra as well as Online.


Nature of the Event: The Irish Film Festival Australia has been sharing the culture, traditions, history and character of Ireland and the Irish people with Australians since 2015. 

Following a national festival touring in Palace cinemas in 5 cities each weekend from late August through September, the IFF is proud to present a different and expanded selection of films streaming online in October 2022.

The Festival is a not-for-profit cultural event supported by the Irish Embassy in Canberra, the Irish Consulate in Sydney, and the NSW Government through Screen NSW. 

About the Festival Director Dr Enda Murray BSc MA DCA
Enda Murray is an award-winning filmmaker and educator with 30 years’ experience in the industry having worked in Ireland, USA, England and Australia. Enda Murray’s work has featured in numerous international film festivals and on BBC, RTE, ITV, ABC, NITV, Maori TV and SBS.

When:            In cinemas August 25 – September 25

                        Online  September 30 – October 16

Where:           Irish Film Festival Cinema Tour Dates

To come:

8-11 September – Brisbane – Palace Barracks 

15-18 September – Perth – Palace Raine Square 

22-25 September – Canberra – The Palace Electric Cinema

Tickets:          Cinema tickets go on sale Friday 5 August. 

                        Single ticket: $23

Concession ticket $19

10 x  e-Ticket $139 for Palace Movie Club members (free sign up) 

Opening Night only (Steps of Freedom) Thurs night in each city*

Single ticket: $39 (includes complimentary drinks and live music)

Concession ticket $35

Palace Movie Club: $35

*Not available as part of e-Ticket x 10 pack

Ticket sales: www.irishfilmfestival.com.au

Online tickets on sale September 9th.

Media Enquiries

For further information, imagery, screeners or to discuss interview opportunities contact: Donna Campbell 

E: donna.cambo@icloud.com  M: 0406 401 032  W: www.irishfilmfestival.com.au

6 October 2022: For Family Historians

Nature of Event: A show celebrating the diversity of U3A Melbourne City’s members: from First Nations, through first fleet, convicts and early settlers to twentieth century refugees.  A collection of illustrated personal stories with universal themes of love and war, oppression and adventure, with surprises and misunderstandings along the way, all helping us to learn more about each other and the society in which we live.  Frances Devlin-Glass will talk about her Irish grandparents and 2 x great grandfather and different ways of negotiating and accommodating different ways of being Irish.

When: Thursday October 6th 5.30, Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square 

Part of Victoria’s Seniors Week Festival

Free admission but reservations through  https://www.trybooking.com/CAEZX

For further info contact Merilyn Harris (producer) 

merilynh@u3amelbcity.onmicrosoft.com   tel:  0457 737 201

8 October 2022: Love’s Old Sweet Songs – a Joycean Variety Concert

Nature of Event:

Join us for a light-hearted evening of comedy and song as we present James Joyce’s most beloved and entertaining songs in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his famously musical novel, Ulysses. This is Bloomsday’s final celebration of 100 years of Ulysses. It features the Tatty Tenors of Queensland, and a number of fine soloists.

You don’t need to know anything about James Joyce to enjoy this hilarious and highly entertaining evening!

When: Saturday 8 Oct. 2022 at 5 – 7pm, followed by Dinner at the Hawthorn Hotel, with more music.

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Vic. 3122

Cost: $33/25 conc.

Bookings for Concert: https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/events/loves-old-sweet-songs-irish-variety-concert-music-james-joyce-songbook

Bookings for Dinner: Book with Bloomsday on TryBooking.

13 September and ongoing : Melbourne Irish Seminar Series

Tuesday 13th September, 6.30 pm VIA ZOOM ONLY
Dr Damian Gleeson, 2022 Australian Religious History Fellow, SLNSW , “Irish convicts and penal Catholicism: New evidence from the Therry Collection”

Tuesday 11th October, 4.30pm Jabiru Room Newman College, and streamed via Zoom. 
Rhys Ryan, 2022 Russell Beedles Performing Arts Fellow SLV. “Na Trí Céilithe: Revisiting the dances of Melbourne’s Gaelic concerts in the early twentieth century”

December TBC. Dr Síobhra Atkin, Queen’s University, Belfast. 2022 O’Donnell Fellow.

Full abstracts and further details of each seminar, including zoom links,  will be circulated closer to the time. We look forward to you joining us, either in person or on zoom. 

MISS co-convenors: Philip Bull (La Trobe University)
Frances Devlin-Glass (Deakin University)
Dianne Hall (Victoria University) 
Ronan McDonald, (University of Melbourne)Eliz

MISS website is 


Bungendore, New South Wales, Irish Language Summer School

(Creative Commons)

A week of Craic, Ceol, Damhsa agus Ranganna Gaeilge !

January 7-14, 2023. A week of Irish language classes and cultural activities at Bungendore, 40 minutes north of Canberra, for all levels, from beginners to fluent speakers. Cost $195. Last chance for special discounted accommodation at the Carrington Inn: $1050 single person, single room; $577.50 per person sharing. For further information and application form contact
Eagarthóirí/ Organisors : John & Mary-Anne Curran
Ríomhphoist : (email) : blackbord29@gmail.com
Fón : (Phone) : 0402 789 636