Wilhelm Nest, Head of the Austrian Trade Commission in Dublin
The 2015 German language essay competition, organized by the Irish Austrian Society in collaboration with the Austrian Embassy in Dublin, is now well underway and remains open until 19 March. Details on the competition are available here.
I am delighted to announce that the winner of the transition year category will now also receive a scholarship for two weeks in Salzburg ! We hope this will be additional motivation for your students to participate.
On 25 February, the annual general meeting took place at St John's House in Dublin. Hon Secretary Peta Taffe read the minutes of the previous AGM from Feb 2014, which were adopted. Hon Treasurer Ulrike Schoeller presented the accounts and financial statement. President Guy then gave on overview of the past year and the events held. The current committee was re-elected with the following change: Ray LeGates has left the comittee and was replace by Reinhard Dutter. The comittee wish to express their sincere thanks to Ray for his efforts and contribution during his time as a member of the comittee.
Please find the latest and updated list of events planned for 2015 on our events page here.
The 18th essay competition is now open. All schools in Ireland are invited to participate in this annual competition. For details please read the competition information page. We wish all students and participants every success and good luck.
On 6 December, Saint Nikolaus came to visit us at the Irish Austrian Society. Many of our members together with their little ones came on the afternoon for some entertainment, singing, christmas cookies, a christmas story and meeting Saint Nikolaus. Niklaus seemed to be well informed about the children and gave each of them a little gift, seeing they had all been at their best. Visit the photo gallery for a few more pictures of this memorable afternoon.
The Royal St. George Yacht Club was once again the perfect venue to hold our annual Christmas Dinner, hosted for the first time by President Guy Johnston. Well over 70 members and guests enjoyed a wonderful evening and entertainment. Following a delicious dinner, the excitement started to rise in anticipation of expected raffle wins and peaked in an auction of the top prize, a 7 day stay in an apartment in Ehrwald, Tirol plus guided walking tours. This fantastic prize was sponsored by apartment S and Bergsport Total.
For more photos from this event, click the picture above.
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.
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.
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...
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