17 - 22 April
Trip to Austria: Burgenland & Styria
On a cold and sunny day at Glasnevin Cemetery last Saturday 9 April , we had a tour of the cemetery linked in with a fascinating lecture on Irish History and some of it's iconic figures such as Daniel O'Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins, Constance Markievicz and some rather more contemporary ones like Éamon de Valera, James Larkin and Seán MacBride. Proceedings were brought to a fitting conclusion at the Gravediggers Pub.
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On Wednesday, 9 March, we had our first ever Whiskey Tasting, with a line up premium Irish Whiskies. It was a relaxed gathering of members, new members and friends who all enjoyed the tasting of the various whiskies as well as some entertaining facts about the making and the history of Irish Whiskey. The tasting was hosted by our member and Whiskey expert Reinhard Schoeller.
On 11 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 the 2015, which were adopted. Hon Treasurer Ulrike Schoeller presented the accounts and financial statement. President Guy Johnston then gave on overview of the past year and the events held. The current committee was re-elected.
On Tuesday 9th of February we enjoyed an exclusive evening with Wilhelm Klinger. Wilhelm Klinger is head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board and was in Ireland on a mission to promote Austrian Wines. We were graciously invited to the residence of the Austrian Ambassador to Ireland, Dr. Thomas Nader and his wife Ingrid.
Wilhelm Klinger gave an insightful lecture about Austrian Wines, the wine marketing board and his role in the board. We had then the unique opportunity to taste some of the Austrian wines we talked about before, guided himself.
It was a very lively evening of wine, culture and music – the definite highlight of the evening was Wilhelm Klinger performing two songs by Gerhard Bronner.
For more about Austrian Wine and the Austrian Wine marketing board please visit www.austrianwine.com
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.