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

Opportunity for native English speaker to learn German in Germany - and get paid!

posted Aug 24, 2017, 11:57 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 12:00 PM ]

A great opportunity to learn German, speak English to two super children and be part of a friendly family environment while earning some money.

A German family is seeking someone to speak English to their well-behaved twin children, a boy and girl, aged 10. The objective is for the children to learn English. Both parents speak good English. The person will live with and be treated as part of the family. There are no other duties, just talk to the twins in English and help them learn. When the children are at school the person could attend a local college to learn German. The person will also have the option of winter holidaying (skiing) with the family.

If interested please send details including 5 reasons as to why you are suitable and would like to be considered for this opportunity.  Also, pose any questions you might have and send together with a CV and photo to: TeachingEnglish@austria.ie

Please state if you hold a drivers license
The position is open for this academic year starting in September.
The family are flexible but you must only speak English to the twins. No other duties.
A decision on the successful candidate will be made following a Skype or FaceTime call with the family whose main residence is near Frankfurt.

Shankill Walk June 2017

posted Jun 17, 2017, 12:16 PM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jun 17, 2017, 12:16 PM ]

With the best imagineable weather Saturday afternoon (27c), we left Shankill Dart Station and headed out of Shankill, through Old Rathmichael, Rathmichael Wood to first our destination Ballycorus Lead Mines. After a short break we headed on a short distance over to Carrickgollogan hill with impressive views all around. From here we returned back down and headed for a well deserved pint at Brady's Shankill. The walk was 10.1 km, 15 000 steps, 3.5 hours and 1 drink.

Click on above picture for more picture from the walk

Garden Party 2017

posted Jun 10, 2017, 7:50 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jun 10, 2017, 7:57 AM ]

On 7 June we had our annual garden party, as always hosted by our Patron, the new Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss and his wife Sigrid, in their lovely home. While the weather wasn't on our side this year, this didn't stop the convivial and welcoming get together we had. In his opening address, our President Guy Johnston, welcomed the Ambassador and his wife to Ireland. The Ambassador told us  he has been to Ireland several times before and that he and his wife were happy to be in Ireland. 

Click on picture above more for picture from the event.

2017 Essay Competition - Congratulations to all participants and Winners

posted May 17, 2017, 1:12 PM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated May 17, 2017, 1:12 PM ]


The 2017 German Language Essay Competition has concluded with a ceremony for the Winners hosted by new Austrian Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss and his wife Sigrid at their Residence in Dublin. This was the 20th Anniversary competition and it has seen record participation with 200 essays submitted from 56 Schools across Ireland. In their speeches, Ambassador Dr. Freudenschuss and the President of the Society, Guy Johnston, have highlighted the significant and growing importance of the German Language in Europe.

The Winners:
Juniors Winner: Ellen O'Brien, Tullamore College, Tullamore. Winner St. Fergal Trophy & 2 week scholarship to Salzburg. Teacher: Aine Stack
Juniors 2nd Place: Denis Moskalenko, CBS High School Clonmel. Teacher: Martina O'Reilly
Transition year Winner: Brian Lacey, CBS High School, Clonmel. Winner Dubsky's Environment Trophy & 2 week scholarship to Salzburg. Teacher: Martina O'Reilly
Transition year 2nd Place: Niall GannonCBS High School, Clonmel. Teacher: Martina O'Reilly
Seniors Winner: Katy O'Connor, Bandon Grammer School, Bandon. Winner Dr. Otto Glaser Trophy & 2 week scholarship to Salzburg. Teacher: Alex Streuli
Seniors 2nd Place: Bartlomiej BaranSt. Mary’s College, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Teacher: Mr Flynn
Winner of Catriona Dowling Memorial Trophy for Best Teacher: Tracey Foley, Ard Scoil Ris Limerick

The Society wish to thank all participating Schools, Students and Teachers for the contribution and effort. And also the Ambassador Dr. Freudenschuss and his wife Sigrid for hosting the ceremony. For picture of the ceremony, please click on the picture above.

Dublin Walk

posted May 17, 2017, 11:09 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated May 17, 2017, 11:12 AM ]

On 6 May, a cold and windy but otherwise fine Saturday, Rosemary brought a group of us on a guided tour of Dublin. We started at Dublin City Hall, where we visited a Dublin History Exhibition and the magnificent Hall. We then went on to Dublin Castle Garden, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Liberties and finally finished at the Teeling Distillery for a guided tour and tasting. We even had the pleasure of an introduction by John Teeling himself.

Easter Egg Hunt

posted May 17, 2017, 10:56 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated May 17, 2017, 10:56 AM ]

We're happy to now have a regular set of events specifically for families and children in the Society. At this time of year, this is our Easter Egg Hunt, which this year we again held at St. Columba's. Weather was fine and we had good attendance once again. Looking forward to next one in summer....

2017 Society Trip to Vienna

posted May 17, 2017, 10:17 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated May 17, 2017, 10:21 AM ]

On Sunday 2nd. April, 10 of us met at Dublin Airport, for the third Irish Austrian Society trip to Austria, led by Ulli, our Vice President, and the organiser of all the trips. The 2017 expedition was just as enjoyable, and well arranged as the previous two.

We stayed in the Hotel Royal, very comfortable, and very central, close to the Stephansdom and the Graben. The first evening we had an excellent dinner in the hotel, and then went to a wonderful concert in the “Industry Hall”. This a lovely baroque building, ideally suited to the programme of music by Mozart and Strauss, finishing up, of course, with the Radetsky March !!

The next day, Monday, we were out bright and early, on a lovely sunny morning. Walter Haag, the previous Austrian Ambassador to Dublin, took us on a walking tour round some of the lesser known and interesting buildings in the centre of Vienna, including the Franciscan Church. We finished up with beer and lunch, where Aglae Hagg joined us. The afternoon was free, for shopping, and in the evening we went to the Vienna State Opera to see “Werther” by Jules Massenet. Wonderful music, in such historic surroundings.

On Tuesday we went by bus to Bratislava – the capital of Slovakia – to inform people as ignorant as I was !! We were taken on a walking tour of the city, which is quite compact, and very much geared to tourists, a great many restaurants and cafes, and very few shops. The local inhabitants must have their own bit of city. Around the city there are some amusing bronze sculptures, one of them being of a workman struggling out of a manhole on the street. We came back to Vienna by boat on the Danube, which was most interesting, it took only 1 ½ hours.

The next day we set out by coach to Schloss Eckartsau, a castle whose origins date back to the12th century, it was once an imperial hunting lodge, set in lovely countryside. The Emperor Charles moved here with his family in 1918 after relinquishing the throne, Franz Ferdinand also lived here. The castle inside and out is in marvellous condition, and is fully furnished, a most enjoyable visit. We then moved on to Klosterneuburg, an Augustinian Monastery, with the distinction of having Austria’s oldest winery, which we visited, and tasted some of the produce. Sadly we were not able to visit the Abbey Church, as some filming was going on. Nonetheless it was an interesting visit.

That evening we had a Heuriger at Mayer am Pfarrplatz, - where we went two years ago and, as then, it was most enjoyable. Caroline nee Dubsky, who is involved with Austrian Irish Society, met us there, it was nice to see her again.

Thursday was our last day, the flight was at 16.15, but in the morning we had a most interesting tour of St Stephen’s Cathedral, so different going round with a guide. We had a good journey back, having had a wonderful five days in Vienna, thanks to Ulli and her excellent organisation.

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