Dear Principals, Teachers and Students
The 2016 German Language Essay competition is now open. Invitation letters/Emails have been sent out to all Schools. For full competition details please go to page Essay Competition 2016. Good Luck to all participants.
Also check out photos of the 2015 award ceremony.
Our annual Christmas gala dinner once again took place at the magnificent Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, which year after year is an excellent venue for our final event of the year. 80 members and guests came together to enjoy this convivial celebration. Prizes for the raffle and auction were sponsored by Topflight, The Imperial Hotel Vienna, Restaurant Matt The Tresher, The Marker Hotel Dublin and The National Concert Hall.
For pictures from the evening, please click the photo above.
The objective: walk from Marley Park - Johnnie Fox's Pub
The challenge: 11km including long stretches uphill to Kilmashogue and Fairy Castle
The time: 3.5 hours
The reward: great fun and a Pint at Johnnie Fox's and some grub
The pictures: here
Reinhard and Rosemary called out on the Irish-Austrian society.
And they came in numbers from all corners of Ireland and Austria.
Meeting point was Dun Laoghaire Dart station.
Rosemary was our knowledgable and Failte approved guide who made stops at various spots of natural beauty and historical interest. We learned for example that Dun Laoghaire was also known as Kingstown during Victorian times. A very affluent area not affected by the infamous famine which devasted large parts of Ireland in mid 19th century.
After this piece of information we went to Sandymount's 44 steps - an open air swimming pool. Known for its swimmers braving all seasons. Rosemary among them and very keen to show her favourite bathing place. The name originated from the Scottish Blackwatch regiment who was stationed there during Imperial times. Their German nickname was because of the kilt :" The ladies from hell" .
Then we visited the Martello tower which was built to defend Ireland from a possible Napoleonic invasion. Later it was the memorable place where James Joyce spent a few days before having to leave in a hurry. A housemate shot at him and even Joyce realized that his days there were numbered. In his master piece Ulysses Leopold Bloom ( the protagonist's father moved from then Hungary/Austrian Empire to Ireland) starts his epic one day Ulysses there, too. Real life and literature became so inseparably intertwined.
After this short stop we went to Dalkey. Well known for its Irish celebrities ( Bono, Enya, Maeve Binchy, G.B.Shaw and in particular our fellow members of the Irish Austrian society Gerhard and Rosemary). Then we "stormed" in a leisurely pace the Killiney Hill. Enjoying on our way its natural beauty and a wonderful view over
Breathtaking were as well the climbers in the Dalkey quarry which is now lying idle. Finally we reached the top and admiring the obelisk built more than 150 years ago. On our way back we were surprisingly and friendly greeted by the natives from Dalkey. But it was naturally not us but the annual lobster festival. These accidents happen.
During our refreshment in a lovely restaurant we were watching a lobsterman and a ruthless Irish female pirate Queen coming straight from the Elizabethan age: Grace O'Malley
We bid then a polite farewall and returned to our place of origin the Dalkey Dart Station. Promising to each other to return again. Again a big thank you to the organizers: Rosemay, Gerhard and Reinhard, And the nice participants should not be excluded as well.
The news that Fritz had died did not come as a surprise when I telephoned Brunsha. I had been thinking about him and hoped that somehow he was comfortable and finally he was. Fritz had reached a great age just a few years shy of 100. He most certainly deserves peaceful rewards. Fritz had lived an extraordinary life. Despite the trauma of being uprooted from Austria he preferred to recall the joyful experiences of arriving in Ireland in the late 1930s, his first impression looking out the window and seeing the back of the Sugar Loaf in Co. Wicklow. He never lost his Viennese charm and that unique sense of humour.His parents founded The Old Vienna Club in Dublin during The Emergency (WW II). Fritz and his brother Ernest were very active members of The Irish Austrian Society that was to follow and thrives to this day. Austria honoured him with the Gold medal for services rendered and he continued for many decades serving as a very active committee member through three Presidencies. I, as the first Irish born President of the Society asked Fritz if he would act as our “Ideology Secretary” (private joke) and indeed he did keep us on the right path. Our memories are of a perfect gentlemen, always smartly dressed, charming and sincere, a very fine Irish-Austrian.
Last Saturday, 26 September, couldn't have been a better day. Starting our journey at 9am from Dublin, 15 of us headed north on M1 and A1 in a mini van and private car. A good 2.5 hours later, we arrived at Mount Stewart on Strangford Lough, in Northern Ireland. Now owned by the UK National Trust, it is the former home of Marquesses of Londonderry including Robert Stewart, better known as Viscount Castlereagh, one of Britain's most famous Foreign Secretaries, who has a special connection to Vienna through is participation at the Congress of Vienna in 1814-15.
The house, recently renovated boasts countless interesing features, furniture, paintings including the famous chairs used at the Congress of Vienna as well as table on which the treaty was signed in 1815. Following the tour of the house, we enjoyed the suroundings which include the Spanish, Italian and Sunken Garden, Lake, Walled Garden and more.
Everyone was greatly impressed by the magnificence of the House and Garden of Mount Stewart. To get an impression yourself, please visit the gallery showing a great selection of photos courtesy of Harald Pichler.
Sunday 26 July, Peta Taaffe once again hosted the annual summer BBQ at her home for members of the society for a summer BBQ as well as a tour of her wonderful and well managed garden. We had the now almost customary rainy day, however, as always this did not stop anyone from enjoying the day. Our vice president Ulrike thanked Peta for her hospitality, which we were able to enjoy this year for the 10th time. Thank you very much Peta.
Dear Frau Schoeller,
This is Katherine Ahern here. I am so sorry that it has taken me this long to e-mail you. I am only just getting back on my feet after my amazing trip to Austria. It was the most wonderful experience I have ever had. I have learnt so much and made so many friends. Salzburg is the most beautiful city I have ever seen and I would go back there tomorrow if I could. My German has improved so much and for that I am truly grateful. I will never forget the most amazing time I spent in the most wonderful place that is Salzburg. Thank you so much for the opportunity. I have benefited so much from it and it has helped me so much.
Liebe Ulrike, Ich bin jetzt seit eine Woche nach Hause zuruckgekommen. Salzburg war unglaublich gut, ich hatte viel Spaß. Der Sprachkurs war wunderbar, wir haben viele neue Grammatik und Vokabeln gelernt, und ich finde, dass meine Deutschkentnisse verbessern hat. Die Stadt war wirklich schön und ich habe auch Wien besucht, es war auch sehr schön und historisch. Es war die beste Erfährung meines Lebes und ich will Ihnen für diese Gelegenheit und für Ihre Mühe bedanken.
Alles gute, Ailish Lalor
I just returned home a week ago. Salzburg was unbelievably good and I had lot's of fun. The language class was wonderful, we learned a lot of new grammar and vocabulary and I find that my german has improved. The city was truly beautiful. We also visited Vienna, which also was wonderful and historic. This was the best experience of my life I like to thank you for this opportunity. All the best, Ailish