AGM 2019

posted Mar 3, 2019, 3:49 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Mar 3, 2019, 3:56 AM ]

On 11 February, the Annual General Meeting was held at St. John's House in Dublin. The main points were the adoption of the previous AGM's minutes and accounts as well as the re-election of the Committee. Aileen Eglinton then gave an overview of the ongoing tourism activities between Austria and Ireland.

Following the official business, members gathered for finger food and drinks.

For photos from the evening, click the photo above.

Decoration for Guy Johnston

posted Jan 4, 2019, 5:37 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 5:45 AM ]

During our annual christmas gala dinner in December at the Royal St. Geoge Yacht Club, our President Guy Johnston was presented with a decoration awarded to him by the Austrian Government. The decoration was awarded to Guy for his services to the Republic of Austria as the President of the Irish Austrian Society. The decoration was presented to Guy by Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss. In his acceptance speech, Guy expressed his gratitude and thanks for receiving such an honour.

Click on picture above for more pictures of the award presentation.

Christmas Gala Dinner

posted Jan 4, 2019, 5:36 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 5:42 AM ]

On 4 December, the annual Gala Christmas Dinner was hosted at the Royal St. Geoge Yacht Club. This traditional pre-christmas event was enjoyed by many members and their guest in great atmosphere, which this venue offers. As usual we had a raffle with prizes including books, wine, 1 week holiday apartment in Austria. The top prize was a 2 night hotel stay in Vienna. Thank you everyone for your continued support.

The highlight of the evening was the decoration presented to our president Guy Johnston. The decoration was awarded to Guy by the Austrian Government and presented by Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss. Also see seperate story on this.

For pictures from the evening, click on the image above.

Enzo Farinella Talk 'Through Mountains and Valleys'

posted Nov 10, 2018, 7:49 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Nov 10, 2018, 8:30 AM ]
Left to Right: Frank Cogan, Enzo Farinella, Austrian Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss, Guy Johnston

On Wed 7 Nov, Guy Johnston welcomed Ambassador Dr. Freudenschuss together with this wife Sigrid, distinguished guests and members of the Society to a Lecture called 'Through Mountains and Valleys', given by Dr. Enzo Farinella. Enzo is a Journalist and Director of Casa Italia Cultural Centre, Dublin. Originally from Sicily he lives in Ireland for many years. In his lecture he took us along to a journey with Irish Monks through Europe and Austria in particular, illustrating their influence on society then and now. The journey visited places such as St. Gall (Switerland), Salzburg and Vienna in Austria and includes names such as St. Rupert, St. Virgil and St. Kilian to name just a few.

The introduction to this fascinating lecture was given by Frank Cogan, former Irish Ambassador to Austria.

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Botanic Gardens Day Out

posted Nov 10, 2018, 7:44 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Nov 10, 2018, 7:44 AM ]

Early September our young families and children met for a day out at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin. On a beautiful warm and sunny day, we got a guided tour through the gardens, learning about it's general history as well as specific items such as the Viking house and garden, Rag trees, specific tree species and much more. One particular interesting piece of information we picked up relates to Austrian-British Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). A plaque in one of the glass houses informs us that he "Stayed in Dublin in the winter 1948-1949 and liked to sit and write at these steps".

Click on picture above for photo album

Day Out in Kells

posted Sep 24, 2018, 10:38 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Sep 24, 2018, 10:49 AM ]

On Saturday 22 September, Members of the Society made their way to County Meath, to meet up with  members of the Kells Arts Club for a day out in Kells. The meetup started early afternoon at the Headfort Arms Hotel for lunch. From here we made our way to these places:

Kells Heritage Centre (Old Court House)
Market Cross
St. Columba's Church
St. Colmcille's House
Spire of Lloyd

Final destination of the day was Martry Mill, a working watermill located between Kells and Navan. There the Arts Club had prepared Tea, Sandwiches and Cakes. The owner of the mill, James Tallon, gave us an insight into the fascinating history of the mill, which dates back to 1641. If you're interested, you can read about it on

The Irish Austrian Society had a most wonderful day in Kells and sincerely like to thank Eileen Morgan Brown and the Kells Arts Club for organizing the day and giving us a walking tour of the History of Kells.

For pictures from the day please click the image above.

Garden Party

posted Jun 13, 2018, 11:35 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jun 13, 2018, 11:38 AM ]

Such was the weather at this year's garden party, that you could be forgiven for thinking you're in Palermo, not Dublin. As always, our host and patron, The Austrian Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss together with this wife Sigrid, opened their magnificent home and garden for hosting the members of our Society. In his welcome speech, our president Guy Johnston announced that Wilhelm Nest, Head of Advantage Austria in Dublin, will be returning to Austria shortly and thanked him for his support since his arrival in 2011. We wish Wilhelm and Harald all the best for their future. Also leaving the Austrian Embassy and Dublin, into her well earned retirement, is Ingrid Dennis. Ingrid, all our best wishes to you also. And to all departing Dublin we say 'May our paths cross again'. What's great to see at a gathering like this is a good mix of well known and new faces. We welcome a number of new members to our Society and this event was a great showcase of what they can expect to see more of.

Click on picture above for more pictures from the event

Howth Cliff Walk - May 2018

posted Jun 9, 2018, 6:32 AM by Admin   [ updated Jun 9, 2018, 6:38 AM ]

Saturday 26 May Member of the Society met to walk the famous Howth Cliff Walk. We start early in the morning at 10:30 at Howth Dart station. Walking past steep cliff, up and down over hills and along a winding forest path back towards our destination. Despite the sometimes steep sections, the walk was well suitable for the less experienced among us. Our tempo was leisurely, well adapted to the terrain. Quite comfortable.

The weather was on our side with gorgeous sunshine the whole day. No a drop of rain in sight.

The route was very varied. We everything from flat terrain to steep cliffs. After a little detour we came to see the breath-taking Rhododendron gardens at full bloom near Howth castle. Our entire journey took us 4 hours and home we took cameras filled with landscape pictures. The afternoon was very much enjoyed by everyone in our walking group.

Report by Anja Trenkwalder
Click on picture above for more photos from the walk

Essay Competition Winners 2018

posted Apr 29, 2018, 2:22 PM by Admin   [ updated Apr 29, 2018, 2:35 PM ]

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 German Language Essay Competition. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Dublin on 26 April, hosted by the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss.

And the Winners are:

LUKE PYKE, CBS High School, Clonmel
Winner of the St. Fergal Trophy
Teacher: Mrs Martina O'Reilly

CATHAL RYAN, CBS High School, Clonmel
2nd place
Teacher: Mrs Martina O'Reilly

TARA EARLEY, Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey
Winner of Paul Dubsky's Environment Trophy
Teacher: Ms Martin

PATRICK RYAN, The High School, Rathgar, Dublin
2nd Place
Teacher: Mrs Agnes Horan

ISOLDE O'LOUGHLIN, Loreto High School Beaufort, Rathfarnham, Dublin
Winner of Dr. Otto Glaser Trophy
Teacher: Mrs McMahon

TONY FITZGERALD, Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick
2nd Place
Teacher: Mrs Tracey Foley

Winner of Catriona Dowling Memorial Trophy for Best Teacher
MICHELLE LANIGAN, CBS Secondary School, Kilkenny

The Irish Austrian Society congratulates all participants and winners and thank all schools for their participation in this year's competition.

Click on picture above for full photo album

Easter Egg Hunt

posted Apr 22, 2018, 3:07 AM by Admin   [ updated Apr 22, 2018, 3:10 AM ]

The mixed weather we had for this years's easter egg hunt didn't stop us from getting together once again and having great fun. We had a customary egg hunt outside for everyone to search and find the many hidden coloured eggs. Afterwards we stayed inside for a few rounds of games and some food. After having this event now many years, the families and children now know each other well, while also welcoming new parents and children into this gathering. And it demonstrates to the children there is many of us speaking german with each other.

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