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Easter Egg Hunt

posted Apr 22, 2018, 3:07 AM by Admin austria.ie   [ 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.


posted Apr 22, 2018, 2:48 AM by Admin austria.ie   [ updated Apr 22, 2018, 3:10 AM ]

On 7 March, we held the Annual General Meeting at St. John's House in Dublin. The current committee was re-elected. We also welcome Martin Stummvoll as a new member of the committee.

Otto & Pat Glaser Memorial Concert 2

posted Mar 11, 2018, 1:39 PM by Admin austria.ie   [ updated Mar 11, 2018, 1:47 PM ]

On Tue 6 March, Members and Friends of the Society met up in The National Concert Hall in Dublin for a concert in memory of Otto & Pat Glaser. The concert was a sell out and magnificently memorable musical evening. Our president Guy Johnston, welcomed all members of the Society to the concert, and in particular, members of Otto & Pat's family as well as the Austrian Ambassador, Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss and his wife Sigrid. The Gypsy Trio - Claudie Driesen, Violetta-Valérie Muth and Owen Lorigan - gave a wonderful performance of music from Haydn, Franz Schubert and Mendelsohn-Bartholdy. After the interval, Declan Downey gave an insightful tribute of Otto's life and achievements and how he and Pat met and their life together. You can read Declan's speech in full here.

Otto & Pat were great lovers of Austrian music and culture and this evening was a fitting celebration of their life. It is safe to say they were very much present in spirit.

Click on the picture above for more photos from the evening.

Otto & Pat Glaser Memorial Concert

posted Feb 2, 2018, 5:20 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 5:24 AM ]

It is our privilege to invite you to a very special event on Tuesday 6 March at The National Concert Hall:

Otto & Pat Glaser Memorial Concert

Otto and Pat Glaser were long standing members of the Irish Austrian Society. Otto served as the President for 20 years. Pat served as Hon. Secretary for many years. Sadly, both of them passed away in 2017 and this concert in memoriam of Pat and Otto.

Click here to buy tickets directly from The National Concert Hall

Christmas Dinner 2017

posted Dec 18, 2017, 2:26 PM by Admin austria.ie   [ updated Dec 18, 2017, 2:27 PM ]


Our annual Christmas Gala Dinner took place on 7 December at the customary fabulous venue of the Royal St. George Yacht Club. While for many of us this was a familiar festive gathering among long time friends, we also counted a few first time guests. Among them, our Patron, HE The Austrian Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss and his wife Sigrid. The evening was hosted by our President Guy Johnston and assisted by members of the committee. The raffle, held after Dinner, saw prizes drawn and won with the highlights being a two nights Hotel stay in Vienna and a one week stay in Ehrwald, Austria.

To get an impression of the atmosphere of the evening, click the photo above.

Visit of Nikolaus

posted Dec 18, 2017, 1:29 PM by Admin austria.ie   [ updated Dec 18, 2017, 1:29 PM ]

On Sunday 3 December, our family members and children got together for a little pre christmas fun afternoon, when we - to everyone's surprise - we were visited by Saint Nikolaus. We had just finished a round of games when he popped in. All the children were captivated by Saint Nikolaus, who seemed to know a little bit about everyone and had even brought some gifts along.

Click on the picture above for a few photos from the afternoon.

2018 Essay Competition now open

posted Dec 18, 2017, 1:45 AM by Admin austria.ie   [ updated Dec 18, 2017, 1:45 AM ]

The 2018 German Language Essay competition is now open. Please find all information on how to participate, essay topics, dates and prizes etc on page Essay Competition 2018. Good luck to all Students and Teachers.

Danke schön!

posted Nov 20, 2017, 10:32 AM by Admin austria.ie   [ updated Nov 20, 2017, 10:32 AM ]

Katy O'Connor, one of the Winners of this year's essay competition, sent us a letter with her impressions from her trip to Salzburg. Thank you Katy. It's always great to hear feedback, specially when it is this good.

I wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all of the Irish Austrian Society for my wonderful trip to Salzburg. I had the most amazing two weeks and I will certainly never forget it!

We were blessed with divine sunshine, a welcome change from the rain of an Irish summer! From our first afternoon touring Salzburg, I was captivated by the timeless beauty of the city. Our lessons were held just off the centre of the old city, meaning we ate lunch most days in the square across from Mozart's house of birth, surrounded by gorgeous historic architecture, with the famed Salzburg fortress looming above us. Our host family's house was situated in a similarly stunning location; a two minute walk from Leopoldskron, the lake that featured in The Sound of Music! The jagged outline of the alps decorated the skyline all around, offset by traditional Austrian houses and the tinkle of goats bells from the nearby herds.

The content of the lessons themselves was similar to what we would do in an Irish classroom; comprehensions, role plays and grammar work. However, being taught by a native speaker in a very small class made it an entirely different experience. They were immensely helpful, particularly in terms of oral work and pronunciation - which I'm sure I'll be especially grateful for when it comes to my oral exam next March! As for the organized expeditions, we visited all of the local attractions; the fortress, museums, the lovely Hellbrunn and the Wasserspiele. Going to the top of Untersberg in a cable car, which we did in our own time, was a highlight for me. The view from the top was spectacular - you could see Austria and Germany stretching out on either side of us. All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I'm so grateful to you for making it happen! Best wishes,

Katy O'Connor, Bandon Grammar School.

Waterford City Day Trip

posted Nov 11, 2017, 7:03 AM by Admin austria.ie   [ updated Nov 11, 2017, 7:03 AM ]


On 7 Oct, a group of us made their way to Waterford City. After arriving by bus, we enjoyed a lunch at the Granville Hotel Waterford. Rested and eager, we undertook a city walk led by a local tour guide with excellent knowledge and wit. The sights we took in included the Viking Triangle, Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Reginald's Tower and more. Click on the photo above to view the photo album.

Walk at Glendalough

posted Sep 18, 2017, 11:28 AM by Admin austria.ie   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 11:32 AM ]

(Click on picture for photo album)

Having started our walk at St. Kevin’s 6th Century Monastic Settlement at Glendalough we were in good spirits for our almost 3 hours hike. Having discovered not just very beautiful and very Irish sights, but also having had good conversations and laughs, our little tour through the woods, passing by the two loughs and up the hill was a time, which all of us enjoyed. Some of us were lucky enough to find some edible mushrooms on our way back, for which we were looking forward to be served as an appetizer, only the collection seemed too precious as to be eaten right away, which is why we chose a pub to round up our trip. We were back just in time, before it started to rain and although the weather was quite chilly, it indeed was a warm hearted day.

Anneliese Rieger

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