Garden Party 2019

posted Jun 24, 2019, 2:02 PM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jun 24, 2019, 2:07 PM ]

On 14 June, the Austrian Ambassador, Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss, and his wife Sigrid again invited the Members of our Society to a garden party at their Residence in Dublin 4. Our President, Guy Johnston, thanked the Ambassador and his wife on behalf of the Society for opening their home to host this event. As the weather was kind that afternoon, we were able to enjoy this as a true garden party in a magnificent surrounding with refreshing drinks, good food and great conversations among members and friends. We were also able to welcome some new members for what was only their beginning of a wonderful journey.

Click on picture above for more photos from the event.

Essay Competition Winners 2019 announced

posted May 16, 2019, 1:02 PM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated May 16, 2019, 1:04 PM ]

Left to right: Ava Shortt, Sean Cooney, Sergiusz Wilkowski, Roisin O’Reilly, Damhan Mulligan, Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss,
Gormfhlaith Ní Shíocháin Ní Bheoláin, President Guy Johnston

The Winners of the 2019 German Language Essay Competition were announced today at a ceremony hosted by the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss in Dublin. At the ceremony, the President of the Irish Austrian Society, Guy Johnston, expressed his thanks to the schools, teachers and pupils for their participation. He also expressed his thanks to the Austrian Lecturers in Ireland for reviewing and assessing all essays.

The Winners are:

Damhan Mulligan, St. Paul’s College, Raheny, Dublin 5
Winner of the St. Fergal Trophy
Teacher: Ms Margret Brady

Ava Shortt, Skerries Community College, Co Dublin
2nd place
Teacher: Ms Pamela Conway

Roisin O’Reilly, Loreto Secondary School, Wexford
Winner of Paul Dubsky's Environment Trophy
Teacher: Ms Patricia Kinsella

Sean Cooney, CBS High School, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
2nd Place
Teacher: Ms Martina O'Reilly

Gormfhlaith Ní Shíocháin Ní Bheoláin, Loreto Secondary Schoo, Fermoy, Co Cork
Winner of Dr. Otto Glaser Trophy
Teacher: Ms Laura Brogan

Sergiusz Wilkowski, CBS High School Clonmel, Tipperary
2nd Place
Teacher: Ms Martina O'Reilly

Winner of Catriona Dowling Memorial Trophy for Best Teacher:
Ms Lorraine O’Leary, Colaiste Ide agus Iosef Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick

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

Click on above picture for more photos from the ceremony

St. Anne's Park Walk

posted May 6, 2019, 1:56 PM by Reinhard Schoeller

On Saturday 27 April we had reasonably good mixed weather for a walk in the park. St. Anne's Park in Clontarf, to be precise. Or Raheny, depending on your point of view. Local guide Gerard O'Rourke took us on a tour through the park and all it's significant points. Starting at the base of the former Guinness family home and visiting many other notable places and points, such as the pond with boat house, a historic well on the ground and many more. Gerard also brought us to the famous Tree of Life by artist Tommy Crags. 

Gerard also had with him a folio of historic pictures of the house and ground, which allowed us get a great impression. After a total of 2 hours walking up and down the park, we concluded our walk in the Cafe at the Red Stables.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating walk and tour.
Click on above pictures for more photos from the day.

Irish Austrian Society Concert in Memory of Otto and Pat Glaser

posted May 6, 2019, 12:01 PM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated May 6, 2019, 12:01 PM ]

On Wed 3 April the Society organized the second concert in memory of our late President Otto and his wife Pat Glaser. As last year, the Kevin Barry room at the National Concert Hall was a magnificent venue for this event. The concert was played by the Ulysses Trio - Claudie Driesen, Violetta-Valérie Muth and Owen Lorigan. They performed works by W.A. Mozart, Glinka and Shostakovich. The concert was very well attended and we were particularly happy to see Peter & Ida Delamer and son David with his family on the evening.

Our intention is to organize a concert again next year.
Click on picture above to see photos from the evening.

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.

Click on picture above for more photos.

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.

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