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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 www.martrymill.ie

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.

Garden Party

posted Jun 13, 2018, 11:35 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jun 13, 2018, 11:38 AM ]

Such was the weather at this year's garden party, that you could be forgiven for thinking you're in Palermo, not Dublin. As always, our host and patron, The Austrian Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss together with this wife Sigrid, opened their magnificent home and garden for hosting the members of our Society. In his welcome speech, our president Guy Johnston announced that Wilhelm Nest, Head of Advantage Austria in Dublin, will be returning to Austria shortly and thanked him for his support since his arrival in 2011. We wish Wilhelm and Harald all the best for their future. Also leaving the Austrian Embassy and Dublin, into her well earned retirement, is Ingrid Dennis. Ingrid, all our best wishes to you also. And to all departing Dublin we say 'May our paths cross again'. What's great to see at a gathering like this is a good mix of well known and new faces. We welcome a number of new members to our Society and this event was a great showcase of what they can expect to see more of.

Click on picture above for more pictures from the event

Howth Cliff Walk - May 2018

posted Jun 9, 2018, 6:32 AM by Admin austria.ie   [ updated Jun 9, 2018, 6:38 AM ]

Saturday 26 May Member of the Society met to walk the famous Howth Cliff Walk. We start early in the morning at 10:30 at Howth Dart station. Walking past steep cliff, up and down over hills and along a winding forest path back towards our destination. Despite the sometimes steep sections, the walk was well suitable for the less experienced among us. Our tempo was leisurely, well adapted to the terrain. Quite comfortable.

The weather was on our side with gorgeous sunshine the whole day. No a drop of rain in sight.

The route was very varied. We everything from flat terrain to steep cliffs. After a little detour we came to see the breath-taking Rhododendron gardens at full bloom near Howth castle. Our entire journey took us 4 hours and home we took cameras filled with landscape pictures. The afternoon was very much enjoyed by everyone in our walking group.

Report by Anja Trenkwalder
Click on picture above for more photos from the walk

Essay Competition Winners 2018

posted Apr 29, 2018, 2:22 PM by Admin austria.ie   [ updated Apr 29, 2018, 2:35 PM ]


Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 German Language Essay Competition. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Dublin on 26 April, hosted by the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss.

And the Winners are:

LUKE PYKE, CBS High School, Clonmel
Winner of the St. Fergal Trophy
Teacher: Mrs Martina O'Reilly

CATHAL RYAN, CBS High School, Clonmel
2nd place
Teacher: Mrs Martina O'Reilly

TARA EARLEY, Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey
Winner of Paul Dubsky's Environment Trophy
Teacher: Ms Martin

PATRICK RYAN, The High School, Rathgar, Dublin
2nd Place
Teacher: Mrs Agnes Horan

ISOLDE O'LOUGHLIN, Loreto High School Beaufort, Rathfarnham, Dublin
Winner of Dr. Otto Glaser Trophy
Teacher: Mrs McMahon

TONY FITZGERALD, Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick
2nd Place
Teacher: Mrs Tracey Foley

Winner of Catriona Dowling Memorial Trophy for Best Teacher
MICHELLE LANIGAN, CBS Secondary School, Kilkenny

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

Click on picture above for full photo album

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.

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