The President of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer, visited Dublin from 6 - 8 October, where he met with the Irish President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny and also attended a bilateral business forum with focus on Urban Technologies from Austria, organized by Wilhelm Nest, Head of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Dublin, and his team.
Photos courtesy of Harald Pichler
On 2 October, Declan Downey, University Lecturer at University College Dublin, held a lecture for the Society on the subject of World War I and looked at some of it's facets, including Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie, the political and international context of the time and the various parties. As always, Declan very much understands to capture his audience with his knowledge and insight. We then had a good discussion afterwards with remarks, opinions and insights from other member of the Society. On behalf of it's members, the Committee wish to express their thanks to Declan for giving this talk.
This years annual Summer BBQ in Peta's home in Balbriggan was again well attended and took place mid August during great weather (apart from the odd shower). Many thanks Peta for offering your home to host this great event, which is truly appreciated by all member.
The Society is reliant on external sponsorship in order to continue to run certain events, in particular our long standing essay competition scholarship, the cost of which is €6,000 per annum. Without external funding we will have to drop this wonderful initiative next year, which would be a shame.
The IAS has reviewed its future business model and how it can engage more with industry to foster its objectives and in particular to keep the essay competition scholarship going. In that regard we are seeking 10 sponsors:
5 Gold @ €1,000 per annum and
We would appreciate if sponsors could commit for five years.
Our commercial sponsors would have full membership of the Society and entitlement to attend and contribute to all functions throughout the year. Their sponsorship will be acknowledged at every event and in our social media outlets to the Irish Austrian community.
We would like to acknowledge the leadership of Aer Lingus who have sponsored the flight of one of the scholarship winners in 2014.
With the weather at it's very best, members of the Irish Austrian Society assembled at the Residence of the Austrian Ambassador, Dr. Thomas Nader and his wife Ingrid, who invited to the the annual Garden Party. It was great to see so many of you there, enjoying the company and having a great time in this magnificent garden. Click on the picture for more photos from the event.
On Sunday 8 June, our family event "Afternoon in the Phoenix Park" went ahead with a visit of the Phoenix Park visitor centre, which included two feature films on the history of the Park and Áras an Uachtaráin. This was followed by a tour of Ashtown Castle and an insight into it's history. Finally, we enjoyed coffe/cake and picnic on the grounds in wonderful weather. The afternoon was very much enjoyed by everyone on the day.
One hundred guests gathered to hear two leading names from the Austrian world of wine - Niki Moser and Willie Klinger - speak at a wine tasting dinner in Cleaver East restaurant in the Clarence Hotel on Tuesday. They were invited over by Wilhelm Nest of Advantage Austria.
One of the most famous names in Austrian viticulture, Niki Moser, and his daughter Kathi flew into Dublin this week to present their wines to a group of 100 wine lovers. They were joined by the head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, Willie Klinger. Over the course of the evening the guests sampled 16 wines from boutique wine growers along with a meal devised by Oliver Dunne. Read on....
Click on picture above for more photos from the event.
You have recently attended one of our convivial events and met interesting people. You have anjoyed a wonderful evening with like minded people. You have met with a host of Austrians and Friends at our monthly Stammtisch and had great fun. Now you know what the Society has to offer you want to become a member. See our Membership page for information on how to take the step and join us. Come on in...
At a reception in the residence of the Austria Ambassador, Dr. Thomas Nader, the winners of the 2014 essay competition were announced.
From left to right:
Katie Cullen, Presentation College Carlow. Winner of the St. Fergal Trophy
Cillian Crowe, CBS High School Clonmel. Winner of 2 weeks Salzburg Scholarship
Zoe Stedje, Laurel Hill Colaiste Limerick. Winner of 2 weeks Salzburg Scholarship
Amy Elizabeth McLaughlin, St. Patrick's Comprehensive School Shannon. Winner of 2 weeks Salzburg Scholarship
Paul Crampton, Colaiste Phobal Roscrea. Winner of the Dr. Otto Glaser Trophy
Lucinda-Jayne Hamilton, Presentation Secondary School Tralee. Winner of the Dubsky Environment Trophy
We congratulate the winners, their teachers and also like to thank all participating schools and students.