What’s on in December 22 – February 23: Irish language and music summer schools, Brigidfest, Films

2-7 January 2023: Lake School in Koroit

Join the Lake School of Celtic Music Song and Dance in Koroit VIC January 2-7 2023. You can learn fiddle, whistle, bodhran (irish drum), harp, concertina , guitar, ukulele to mention but a few of over 100 classes, workshops, sessions, dances and concerts. Extensive program for Kids and Youth as well. You can view the program and book tickets on www.trybooking.com/CAHRP For all enquires email Felix on felix@bushwahzee.com Pictured is The Lake School photo from January 2022

7-14 January 2023: Irish Language Summer School

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

A holiday close to home 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.

Scoil Samhraidh 2023 will commence from 12pm on Saturday 7th January.

Registration will take place in The Hall at St Mary’s
Catholic Church, 28 Turallo Terrace.

Irish language classes will be held each day from Sunday to Friday in various locations around the village including: St Mary’s Catholic Hall; St Mary’s Catholic Church; Bungendore School of Arts 10 Sparrow Close.

Morning and afternoon tea will be provided each

Children are welcome, if they have an adult to
supervise them.

The last session each afternoon will be an elective of choice such as tin whistle; bodhrán; dancing etc.

Evening activities will be held in The Hall at St Mary’s Catholic Church with the last night of
entertainment at a larger venue.

Those who wish to kick on into the night can gather at the Carrington, where folk music
sessions will provide some relaxation from a busy day.

Bungendore is a small village. We are spoilt for choice with cafés and restaurants with breakfast, lunch or dinner
available, as well as a SUPA IGA for those who wish to prepare their own food, or breakfast in
their room before attending classes.

Special discounted accommodation has been reserved for the language school at the Carrington Inn: $1050 single person, single room; $577.50 per person sharing. For further information and booking, contact

Eagarthóirí/ Organisors : John & Mary-Anne Curran

Ríomhphoist : (email) : blackbord29@gmail.com

Fón : (Phone) : 0402 789 636

12 February 2023: Brigidfest

Féile Bríde 2023 – Special 20th Anniversary Event

When: Sunday, 12 February 2023
12.00pm – 4.00pm
Where: Batman’s Hill on Collins, 623 Collins St, Melbourne 
Cost: Tickets: $66* for two-course lunch *plus a $2.15 booking fee


Bookings are essential – this event traditionally sells out.

The topic of Dorothy Hisgrove’s address is Gender Parity.  As the first female member of the AFL executive with P&L accountability and having worked to get a seat at boardroom tables across several sectors, she will share her firsthand experience of the systemic and societal challenges facing women and her acute awareness of what needs to be done.
Dorothy will examine the impediments to women’s economic progress both here and in Ireland and explore what reforms are urgently needed, especially in the current global crisis, to accelerate narrowing the gender gap.

 About the Speaker: Dorothy is currently National Managing Partner, People & Inclusion at KPMG Australia; a member of the Executive leadership team and leads people and performance strategy for a workforce of 12,500. She is also Vice President Essendon Football Club. 
Dorothy is a trusted adviser to board and executive management on leadership, strategic workforce planning, culture and business performance. She has held senior executive roles across several sectors leading the large scale transformation in complex business environments.
In previous roles, she was a Partner and Chief People Officer at PwC Australia; General Manager, People, Customer & Community at the AFL, General Manager, Culture, Change & Communications at Australia Post; and General Manager, People, Culture, Diversity & Change at National Australia Bank. 
Dorothy holds a Bachelor of Business, Post Graduate Qualifications in Marketing and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is Vice President of the Essendon Football Club and Chair of the Remuneration Committee, a former Director of Golf Victoria and Director of Teach for Australia.

She is a member of Chief Executive Women Australia and a member of the G20 Alliance for the Empowerment and Progression of Women’s Economic Representation – G20 Empower. Dorothy was recognised by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s most powerful Consultants in 2022.
Bookings at Trybooking.

Irish Films for your Holidays

The Quiet Girl has been voted best film of the year by Rotten Tomatoes. The Wonder had a short cinema release and is now on Netflix. The Banshees of Iniserin has been at film festivals and is now coming into general release in Australia,

Stan has Herself, an eventually uplifting movie about homelessness in Dublin. John Heuston’s Christmas centred The Dead is available free on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkos62UPwVk. It’s set in Dublin at Christmas time at the turn of the twentieth century.

You can also watch Joseph Strick’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man narrated by T P McKenna with that wonderful Christmas lunch scene at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KqLy8AuiYE It has Spanish subtitles! I suppose you can get rid of them.

Nollaig shona agus beannachtaí na féile oraibh go léir