The thirty-second Ireland Funds Garden Party is sure to be a raging success, with guests at last year’s event enjoying the opportunity to watch Irish dance performances, participate in a live auction and expand their philanthropic network.
Dylan Moran brings his new comedy tour Dr Cosmos to the iconic Opera House and State Theatre, performing to Sydney crowds for the first time since 2015. With a flair for unexpected and witty reflections on modern life, love and politics, Moran has drawn rave reviews.
Sydney tour dates:
Tuesday 29 October, Opera House
Tuesday 26 November, State Theatre
Irish and Australian favourites Tommy Fleming and Mark Vincent will kick off their Australian concert tour in Melbourne in November before travelling the East Coast. The Irish singer, famed for both his traditional and contemporary tunes, will join Australia’s Got Talent winner Vincent for a performance not to be missed.
Ireland’s Tommy Fleming and Australia’s Mark Vincent will share the stage for an East Coast tour. The setlist is sure to have audiences singing along, filled with original songs and covers of contemporary classics including Hallelujah. The show will visit Thirroul, Tweed Heads and Sydney, giving Australians a rare chance to hear two famous voices together in harmony.
Irish and Australian voices are set to share the stage for a seven-date Australian tour. Sligo singer Tommy Fleming and Sydney native Mark Vincent will delight audiences with classical favourites and contemporary showstoppers, from Nessun Dorma to You Raise Me Up.
The duo will visit the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba in November 2019.
Sydney will be treated to Walking on Cars’ first ever headline show down under come November. The Kerry band will tour the new sophomore album Colours, featuring splashes of synth-rock as well as the indie-pop sound and brilliant songwriting fans have come to expect.
The Zone Out Festival is set to celebrate international music and culture. After yoga sessions and thought-provoking panel discussions, highlights of the day will include performances from Sydney DJs, a Scottish cellist, and County Meath songstress Sibéal who recently released her debut album of Irish folk music.
Tickets are essential for this rare opportunity to see musicians from the world over come together in one venue.
The Lansdowne Club’s Rugby Preview Lunch will bring together rugby fans for an afternoon of entertainment, whether attendees will be cheering for Ireland or Australia in the upcoming tournament.
Special guests including former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock and retired Irish-Australian flanker Keith Gleeson will offer their insights into the 2019 World Cup’s key contenders, just a week before kick off.
Acclaimed writers and academics from Ireland, Australia and America will come together for a timely and unmissable panel discussion about the resurgence of xenophobic populism in the modern Western world.
Fintan O’Toole, Melissa Lucashenko and Deborah Lipstadt will each bring their unique national insights to the Sydney Opera House’s flagship festival of ideas, Antidote.
The annual Commemoration is a moving event which allows the Irish-Australian community to come together to remember the past while looking towards the future.
This year’s event will begin with a Symposium at The Mint Building before attendees visit the Famine Memorial on College St, paying respects to all who suffered and to young orphan women resettled in Australia.
Symposium attendees will not only have the chance to hear from the Vice-Consul General of Ireland Rory Conaty, and historian and genealogist Dr Perry McIntyre, but will also have the opportunity to see colonial artefacts presented by the Sydney Living Museum.
The day will end with guests connecting at P.J. O’Brien’s pub.
This one-day introduction to Celtic history offers a rare opportunity to explore the bronze-age, iron-age and medieval culture. Attendees will probe into the latest research about the Celts, learning from archaeological sites and artefacts.
Set in violent colonial times, The Nightingale has stirred up international controversy, intrigue, and acclaim. The film features new talent and familiar faces including Irish-Italian actress Aisling Franciosi, Indigenous actor Baykali Ganambarr, and Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games fame. Director Jennifer Kent will appear for a Q&A session at the Sydney previews.
The Nightingale will be screened in Newtown on August 18 and in Paddington on August 19.
Told through Irish music and dance, A TASTE OF IRELAND explores magical tales spanning generations of Irish storytelling and culture. This world class show features World, All Ireland & National Champion Irish dancers, and musicians from around the globe performing unique music and dance that reflects the story that is Ireland.
Melodic Celtic flute is complemented by raw and rhythmic guitar to create the heart felt sounds of Ireland. The show features a dynamic musical duo and impressive dancing rarely seen outside of the World Championship stage. "A Taste of Ireland" was composed and choreographed in Dublin and is quickly on its way to becoming the new frontier in Irish entertainment.
Created and produced by Pace Entertainment Group, the show will transport the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition showcase the very essence of celebrating the Irish Spirit.
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Former INXS singer and Grammy-nominated songwriter Ciaran Gribbin will lead a night of rock at The Vanguard. With a setlist ranging from the traditional melodies of Ireland to modern radio hits, Gribbin and his fellow musicians will pick up their fiddles and guitars for an energetic performance not to be missed.
The Corporate Breakfast brings together industry leaders for robust panel discussions about career progression. This year’s event at Sydney’s Facebook HQ is sure to offer fresh insight into the world of tech, while funds raised will go to the Young Leaders’ worthy charitable causes.
The mid-year luncheon is one of the most popular events on the Aisling Society’s social calendar. Open to members and friends, guests will hear from Owen Feeney, Consul General of Ireland in Sydney. With diplomatic experience in Ireland, France, the USA and now Australia, the Consul General has a wealth of international affairs insight to share.
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Breakfast guests will enjoy more than a menu filled with Irish produce, with guest speaker Stephanie Lyons, 2018’s Young Professional in the Irish Australian Business Awards and Harvard Business School Alumna, set to share her insights with attendees.
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The Cripple of Inishmaan tells a dark comic tale of a young Irish boy desperate to become a big screen star, if only to escape the tedium of his daily life. Set in the 1930s on a remote island of Ireland’s West Coast, the production is full of rumblings of gossip and hearsay that keep audiences - and characters - on their toes.
The beloved modern musical classic Once draws audiences into the love story of a struggling Irish hoover repairman and a Czech flower vendor who share a passion and talent for music. With a repertoire including Oscar-wining melody Falling Slowly, the strength of the play lies in the power of its lively fiddle and acoustic guitar, with songs ranging from the hilarious to the heartbreaking. The Sydney season has not been extended.
John Connors, the award-winning Love/Hate actor, has made his debut as a playwright with this one-man show about three Dublin teenagers being enticed into a life of crime. Follow the lives and family histories of three young men as they grow up in Coolock on Dublin’s northside. What shapes them and entices them to a life of crime? Examining issues of class, religion and identity, this new play is an unflinching exploration of the Irish psyche, bringing our collective guilts, secrets and flaws to the surface.
There will be a Q&A session after the show.
A group of Irish and Australian actors and musicians will celebrate Bloomsday at the State Library of New South Wales. Performers for the evening include journalist and broadcaster Daniel Browning, Áine De Paor, Awaye, harpist Clíona Molins, Brendan O’Reilly and members of the Aisteoirí Theatre Company. Tickets $10. For bookings, click here.
Children’s International Film Festival
Tickets are now on sale for the Children’s International Film Festival (CHIFF), a film festival that celebrates extraordinary children’s cinema from around the globe. Screening 24 May – 10 June in Melbourne and Sydney, CHIFF presents a unique program of Australian Premiere feature and short films, as well as workshops and special events, especially curated for our youngest film-lovers.
In particular, we have a wonderful Irish animation Captain Morten and the Spider Queen that could be of interest to your community. Note that reduced price tickets are available for groups of 10+.
In 2009, in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, 400 people set-off on the inaugural Darkness into Light 5km walk to raise funds for Pieta House. From small beginnings, the movement has grown year on year and in 2018 over 200,000 people took part in 150 locations, in 16 countries across 5 continents.
Each year the walk provides an opportunity for people to connect with their local community and to show their support for those who have been bereaved by suicide. Our team of volunteers, in Ireland and overseas, return year on year to help make the experience a rewarding one and to help us all continue to raise awareness in the global fight against suicide and self-harm.
Walk with us, talk with us, so that together we can create a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.
Please join us on Saturday 11th May this year!
Billy Cantwell was just 23 when he founded the Irish Echo, Australia’s Irish newspaper. The masthead celebrates 30 years in print this year.
Over three decades, the Meath-born father-of-three has borne witness to massive changes in the Australian Irish dynamic, the diaspora and the media itself. He has built a reputation as a dynamic editor, publisher and entrepreneur.
Billy is also a vocal advocate for the Irish abroad and believes Ireland needs to rethink its relationship with the diaspora. He wants to explore new ways to connect emigrants around Australia and the world through compelling content.
Book now Billy is a natural storyteller and has plenty of wisdom to share
Adults drinks aka beer and nibbles will be served.
Dreaming the Night Field: A Legend of Wales
Riverside Theatres invites audiences to step into a world of Celtic music, magic and masterful storytelling in the upcoming production, Dreaming the Night Field: A Legend of Wales, on Sunday 28th April. Presented by one of the UK’s most celebrated storytelling companies, Adverse Camber, the work beautifully melds fascinating storytelling with exquisitely haunting live music to evoke the Celtic spirit.
Cost: $42 - $47
Event Booking Website: http://www.riversideparramatta.com.au/show/dreaming-the-night-field-a-legend-of-wales/
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The Grammy-nominated artist returns to Australia more than three years on from sold-out performances in Perth and across the East Coast of Australia that left audiences yearning for more. With a transformative live show, monstrous vocals and swelling harmonies, Hozier is a performer of the highest calibre, revered the world over.
Anthemic indie-rockers, KODALINE return for the first time since their Sold Out 2014 Tour!
Performing their hits All I Want, High Hopes, Follow Your Fire, The One, Honest, Born Again, and more!
Having Sold Out shows last time they were on our shores, don’t miss out…
Much loved Irish troubadour Luka Bloom is a master of the concert stage.
His incredibly gifted electro-acoustic guitar playing guarantees an impassioned live performance of his original, poetic and melodic songs.
Luka’s concert arsenal includes both tender and dynamic original material and a surprisingly eclectic selection of other people’s work.
Over the years Bloom has brought his inspiring lyrics and sumptuous melodies to clubs, theatres, festivals, bars and arenas all over the world, but he has a special place in his heart for Australian audiences and has earned a devoted following in this country.
Presented by the North Shore Poetry Project - Our next dinner is on Wednesday 20 March and one of the two feature poets is Irish Australian poet Anne Casey who has won many awards here and in Ireland.
Irish-Australian writer/literary editor, Anne Casey is author of two poetry collections (2017 and 2019), with work widely published internationally. Over a 25-year career, she has worked as a business journalist, magazine editor, media communications director and legal author. She ranks in The Irish Times ‘Most-Read’ and has won or been shortlisted for poetry awards in Australia, the USA, the UK, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Canada.
Annual Mass for the Feast of St Patrick in the Sydney CBD at St Mary's Cathedral at 10.30 am.
Celebrated by Bishop Terry Brady.
Note - A St Patrick’s Day Mass will also be celebrated on Sunday 17 March at St Patrick’s Parish Church Hall, The Rocks at 1200hrs.
Annual Mass for the Feast of St Patrick in St Patrick’s Parish Church Hill at 20 Grosvenor Street, The Rocks at 12pm midday.
Celebrated by Bishop Terry Brady.
Note - A St Patrick’s Day Mass will also be celebrated on Monday 18 March at St Mary’s Cathedral in the CBD at 10.30 am