Irish culture was first carried to Australia by migrants, a process which continues today and is supplemented by the tremendous volume of tourist traffic in both directions. Irish music, dance, language, drama and sport are well established here, among those who have Irish heritage and, increasingly, even those who have not.
We have compiled a list of links to Associations, groups
and clubs which celebrate some aspect of Irish culture and
heritage. The Embassy of Ireland is not
responsible for the content of the linked sites, which are
privately run. Please contact us about broken links or
Adelaide: The Irish Australian
Association provides a meeting place for Irish
South Australians, their friends, and visitors from Ireland. The
Association's hall is open each Friday night with live traditional
Brisbane: The Queensland Irish Association has recently redeveloped
its historic premises. The Irish Club at Elizabeth
Street, built in 1923, remains the focal point for Irish
culture and heritage in Brisbane.
Canberra: The Irish
Club at Weston Creek is the place to go for
classes, performances by Irish acts, and "one of the
friendliest places in the National Capital to relax with friends".
Hobart: The Irish
Association of Tasmania promotes Irish culture and social
interaction within the Tasmanian community.
Melbourne: The Celtic Club has
been in existence for more than 120 years and occupies a prominent
place in the CBD, and in Irish community life.
Perth: Located very close to Subiaco Oval, the
Club of Western Australia is the base for a large number
of Irish cultural and sporting groups.
Sydney has a wealth of Irish cultural activity,
which you can learn about through the website for the Irish community of New South Wales.
The quality and breadth of academic research in Australia and New
Zealand in the field of Irish Studies is impressive. The
Association of Australia and New Zealand (ISAANZ) organises
regular conferences and publishes a Journal of Irish Studies.
Tinteán is the
magazine of the Australian Irish Heritage Network and carries
articles on the Australian Irish identity.
The Australian-Irish Heritage Association is an inclusive
organisation which encourages and promotes an awareness of
Australia's Irish heritage.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann promotes Irish traditional music in
Ireland and beyond, and organises Irish music and dance sessions
and classes. Comhaltas has Australian branches in Adelaide, Canberra,
Melbourne and Perth.
If you are interested learning more about Irish dance, the
Australian Irish Dancing Association is a good
place to start.
There are many festivals around Australia which showcase the best
of Irish music, language, poetry, art and dance. Two of the largest
celtic festivals are The
National Celtic Festival and the Koroit Lake
School of Celtic Music Song and Dance.
The national festival is of course St Patrick's Day and parades are
held on the weekend close to 17 March in Sydney and
in Brisbane. Bloomsday, 16 June, is also an occasion for
festivities, notably in Melbourne, Canberra and Perth.
Gaelic football is played, by men and women, in many
locations across Australia. Hurling is played in Sydney,
Melbourne and Perth. The Gaelic Football and Hurling Association of
Australasia are the people to contact for details.
The Irish language is alive and well in Australia. If you would
like to learn, or to practice, click on the link for the
Irish Language Association of Australia / Cumann Gaeilge na hAistráile.