2019 Christmas Gala Dinner

posted Jan 12, 2020, 12:26 PM by Reinhard Schoeller

THE highlight of the Society year is no doubt the annual Christmas gala dinner. Members and friends gather in Dún Laoghaire for an evening of fun and entertainment. We had wine and sparkling wine from Austria. A wonderful Christmas dinner. The customary raffle with prize in support of the essay competition. The winners were delighted. Indeed, we were all winners on that evening in this group of friends. The Irish Austrian Society wishes every member and their family a very happy Christmas.

Nikolaus visit

posted Jan 12, 2020, 8:10 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jan 12, 2020, 8:11 AM ]

The annual St Nicolas in December is a very popular event for our young members. Attendance was very good and as always, St Nicolas praised the children's good behaviour during the year and offered a bag of sweets to every child. Parents and kids had a lot of fun in the relaxed atmosphere at the big hall in St. John's House.


posted Jan 12, 2020, 8:01 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jan 12, 2020, 8:01 AM ]


Languages Connect hosted it's #ThinkLanguages event at the Dublin Convention Centre on Friday, 6 December. This even for transition year students celebrates all the fun and benefits of foreign language learning and is aimed at helping to discover a world of languages and cultures.

The Irish Austrian Society were present at this event to promote it's own annual Essay Language competition. Interest in our competition was very good, thanks also to the support of former winner Ellen O'Brien from Tullamore.

Trip to Vienna

posted Jan 12, 2020, 7:50 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jan 12, 2020, 7:51 AM ]

End of November it was time for a pre christmas trip to Vienna. The core and some new Society members enjoyed 5 fantastic days in Vienna. A big thank you to Dr. Walter Hagg, who guided us through the Caravaggio and Bernini exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Other highlights included a performance in the Vienna State Opera, a guided tour at the Vienna Musikverein and a visit of the Albertina Museum to see the Albrecht Dürer exhibition.

Austrian Wine Tasting at ely wine bar

posted Jan 12, 2020, 7:44 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jan 12, 2020, 1:08 PM ]

On 24 September, a small group of members met up at at ely wine bar at CHQ. The tasting was hosted by Ian Brosnan, the sommelier at ely wine Bar. Ian is well familiar with wines from Austria and guided the tasting brilliantly, offering insights and helping members appreciate the qualities of the samples.

Ski and Snow Board time at Ski Club of Ireland, Kilternan

posted Jan 12, 2020, 7:34 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jan 12, 2020, 7:34 AM ]

Members and their children were invited for an afternoon practice session at the Ski Club of Ireland in Kilternan on 16 November. The kids enjoyed the outing very much. The activity was followed by Aprè Ski time with hot chocolate for the kids and mulled wine for the adults. It was a fanatic event and we hopeful more members will join 2020!

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.

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