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   [ 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   [ 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   [ 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   [ 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   [ 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   [ 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:

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.

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