What’s on in January/March 2023

Irish in Australia Research Updates

In the middle of the pandemic we published an article by Trevor McClaughlin, Australia’s foremost authority on the Irish Orphans – see his blog at https://earlgreysfamineorphans.wordpress.com/author/trevo1/. We are reprinting it here below.

Of course, at that time, we did not know we were in the ‘middle’ of the pandemic. While Covid19 is still around, it does seem that where research is concerned, we may be back on some kind of steady track.

In December of 2021, the rescheduled Irish Studies in Australia and New Zealand conference (ISAANZ 25) was held online from a locked down Auckland. The ISAANZ 26 conference is planned for December this year in Melbourne.

ISAANZ and The Australasian Journal of Irish Studies (AJIS)

There are calls for the 2023 Australia Postgraduate Essay on https://isaanz.org (see details below) along with news that Volume 22 of the Australasian Journal of Irish Studies is now available. This edition is particularly interesting for the Research Report on Irish and Irish-Australian women by Elizabeth Malcolm, Val Noone, and Dianne Hall (pp.53-105) that includes a comprehensive bibliography along with a Survey of previous research in the area.

Postgraduate Essay Prize

Entry is open to anyone enrolled in an MA or PhD between June 2022 and June 2023 at any tertiary institution, with essays on any aspect of Irish Studies considered. Essays entered for the prize and thus for publication in AJIS must not be submitted for publication elsewhere until after judging is completed. 

Submissions must be received by 31 March 2023.

Other Irish Studies research

Other research news is the planned Irish Women in the Antipodes: foregrounded book emanating from the 2019 ISAANZ 24 conference ‘Foregrounding Irish Women’ to be published by Wakefield Press, Adelaide. Wakefield Press is also planning a new Wakefield Companion to South Australian History, this time with a greater focus on Irish history in that state.

The Queensland Irish Association’s history is in pre-publication stage at the moment with its book One Hundred Thousand Welcomes.

We at Tinteán wish all researchers in Irish Australasian history a productive 2023 and beyond. We hope new and aspiring researchers will find the following article first published in April 2020 informative and motivating.

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 – especially if booking a table. 25 tickets left.

Tickets are selling fast, book soon 

Guest speaker Dorothy Hisgrove, National Managing Partner, People & Inclusion, KPMG and Vice President Essendon Football Club.

150 Years to Gender Parity. We Need More Than the Patience of a Saint to Close the Gap!

Listen In
Interview with BrigidFest 2023 guest speaker, Dorothy Hisgrove on 
Glór na Ngael – Voice of the Irish radio program  – 3ZZZ 92.3FM
Sunday, 22 January – 6.00pm

Throughout her career, Dorothy has been a champion for gender equity in the workplace. 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.
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. 
Bookings at Trybooking.

Adventure Before Dementia

21 and 26 January & 5 March 2023

A New Musical by Louey Hesterman, Felix Meagher and Cyril Moran


Exciting new musical with music/songs by Louey Hesterman, script by Meagher, with additional lyrics Cyril Moran

Three concert readings coming up

Sat Jan 21 3.30pm Apollo Bay Community Centre

Tickets www.trybooking.com/CDIQV

Thursday Jan 26 2pm 5th Brunswick Scout Hall

Tickets trybooking.com/CDNYC

Sunday March 5 Oakleigh South Bowls Club

Tickets www.trybooking.com/CDIQX

Featuring Michael Young, Roisin O’Neill, Cora Browne, Matt Hadgraft, Luci Barratt with musicians Louey Hesterman, Cyril Moran and Felix Meagher