2021 German Language Essay Competition is now open

posted Dec 7, 2020, 11:34 AM by Reinhard Schoeller

Dear Students, Teachers and Principals

It is our pleasure to announce that our 2021 German Language Essay competition is now open. We invite all German language students in Ireland and their teachers to enter and participate. Trophies and prizes are awaiting the winners in the four categories.

We thank you for your participation and wish you every success.

The foundation of the Irish Austrian Society

posted Nov 23, 2020, 12:11 PM by Admin   [ updated Nov 23, 2020, 12:12 PM ]

60 years ago, in September 1960, the Irish Austrian Society was founded in Dublin. To commemorate this anniversary, our longest serving Member in the Society, former President Paul Dubsky, gave a talk about the history of the Society with the title "A Gathering of Austrians: the foundation of the Irish Austrian Society and its early years"

If you missed the event and want to watch the recording, please email, who can provide you with a link to watch online.

Message to Austrian Ambassador Dr. Thomas Nader

posted Nov 3, 2020, 4:15 AM by Admin   [ updated Nov 3, 2020, 4:16 AM ]

Message from the President of the Irish Austrian Society to Austrian Ambassador Dr. Thomas Nader.


On behalf of the Irish Austrian Society, I would like to sympathise with the Austrian Nation and particularly the Families of all who were killed and injured by this reckless act in Vienna last night

There is no place for this in humanity.  

As Europeans we will work together to control this senseless inhuman behaviour.  May those who lost their lives be remembered well. They are in our thoughts

With deepest concern
Guy Johnston

Irish Austrian Society

Visiting Winners of 2020 German Language Essay Competition

posted Oct 30, 2020, 3:14 PM by Admin   [ updated Oct 30, 2020, 3:15 PM ]

Following the recent announcement of the Winners of the 2020 German Language Essay competition, the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Thomas Nader together with Irish Austrian Society Vice Present Ulrike Schoeller visited the winners at their schools to hand them their prize.

The Ambassador and our Vice President visted Colaiste Phobal Roscrea in Roscrea-Tipperary, St. Patrick’s College Cullies Co Cavan, Tullamore College Co Offaly and Loreto Secondary School Fermoy Co Cork.

At their schools, they met with the principal, teacher and students for a price giving ceremony. 

Alexa Odor, winner of the junior category, received the St. Fergal trophy. 
Callum Kelly, Winner of the transition year category, received the Paul Dubsky Environment trophy. 
Liadhan Murray, winner of the Senior category, received the Dr. Otto Glaser trophy. 
Callum and Liadhan both also received an Apple iPad with EarPods in lieu of the customary trip to Salzburg, which this year was not possible.
Ms Laura Brogan, German teacher at Loreto Secondary School Fermoy received the Catriona Dowling trophy.

The Irish Austrian Society and our sponors SONNENTOR and Duncan Grehan & Partners again thank all participants, teacher and winners for their contribution and participation.

Click on the above picture for full photo gallery.

Announcement: Winners of 2020 Essay Language Competition

posted Oct 2, 2020, 12:15 PM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Oct 2, 2020, 12:17 PM ]

When this competition was announced in December last year, no one anticipated the disruption ahead of us all. Here we are now in October of the following and we are so happy to finally end the wait and announce the winners. First, let me thank all teachers and students for their  tremendous patience. And of course, for their participation in the 2020 German Language Essay Competition. We never head so many participants!

The winners and runners up of the 2020 German Language Essay Competition are:


Alexa Odor

Samantha Kushan

Colaiste Phobal Roscrea. Co Tipperary

Colaiste Phobal Roscrea. Co Tipperary

Transition Year:

Callum Kelly

Conor Robinson

St. Patrick’s College, Cullies, Co Cavan

Sligo Gramma School, Co Sligo


Liadhan Murray

Esther Cowan

Tullamore College, Co Offaly

Wilson’s Hospital School, Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath

The winner of the Catriona Dowling perpetual trophy 2020 for best Teacher in the competition is Ms Laura Brogan from Loreto Secondary School Fermoy.

Congratulations to all winners, teachers and participants. 

The Austrian Ambassador and the Vice President of the Irish Austrian Society will together present the prize and the trophy to the winners at the their respective schools.

I also like to thank our sponsor, SONNENTOR, for their generous support of the 2020 German Language Essay Competition. Each participating student will receive a selection of samples.

Wir hoffen, dass Sie auch nächstes Jahr wieder so zahlreich mit ihren Schülern teilnehmen und wünschen Ihnen dafür viel Erfolg.

Ulrike Schoeller
Vice President

AGM 2020

posted Oct 2, 2020, 12:01 PM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Oct 2, 2020, 12:01 PM ]

On Monday 28 September we held our 2020 Annual General Meeting. In keeping with the Zeitgeist, this meeting was our first online AGM. We had 26 members attending via Zoom. 

The current comittee has been confirmed to stay on for the coming year, with two changes. Leaving the comittee is Lucy O'Kelly. Joining the comittee is Dr. Declan Downey. 

During his speech, President Guy Johnston reflected on the past membership year. He also welcomed back our new and former Patron, Ambassador Dr. Thomas Nader and his wife Ingrid. Guy also shared the plan for Declan to take over the role of President of the Irish Austrian Society in 2021. 

A statement of accounts was circulated to all members attending the AGM and was approved. Members not attending can still request a copy via email from

Welcome Back Thomas Nader

posted Sep 28, 2020, 4:16 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Sep 28, 2020, 4:16 AM ]

His Excellency Thomas Nader, the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria, presented his Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin, on Friday, the 25th of September 2020. With his official appointment, the Irish Austrian Society welcome back it's former and now new Patron. 

Letter To Members

posted Sep 9, 2020, 11:39 AM by Reinhard Schoeller

Dear Member

Dalkey-Killiney Walk July 2020

posted Aug 16, 2020, 5:06 AM by Reinhard Schoeller

11 walkers joined us for our 2nd walk in 2020. We walked approximately 11,300 steps and climbed the equivalent of 9 floors. Well done everyone.

As arranged, we met at Dalkey Dart Station, some arrived by Dart others by car and those living nearby walked to the meeting point. Weather was warm with no sunshine or wind. We started towards Vico Road passing close to the house where Matt Damon stayed during the lockdown in March, April. On Vico Road we went to Hawks Cliff a popular swimming place where we saw EIRE 7 marked on the Cliff. This is a recently restored large marking, Eire being the Irish word for Ireland. During WW II these markings were all around the coast of Ireland, (the GPS of the time), showing pilots flying over the county that Ireland was neutral.

From Hawks Cliff we walked up to Killiney Hill and admired the wonderful views, Killiney Bay, across to Bray Head, small and large Sugarloaf and Wicklow Mountains in the distance. Along the way we saw singer Enya’s Castle and in the distance Bono’s home. Walking through the forest on Killiney Hill you could think you were in Austria!! Returning to Dalkey some of us had a well-earned Coffee sitting outside at Finnegans Pub. A great day was had by all with lots of chatting and laughing. Looking forward to our next walk August 29th.


Howth Walk

posted Jul 13, 2020, 5:23 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jul 13, 2020, 5:26 AM ]

Our first event after the lock down was a walk in Howth - with a little surprise. This walk was a guided tour with John, the man that knows all the Howth stories. He showed us some new places and for the places we already knew he had a new story. While the weather was mixed, the mood on the walk was great and everyone enjoyed it very much after a long time if isolation at home. It's great to feel the breeze and hear the waves again. Thanks to Rosemary for organising the walk and to John for his insights.

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