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Fritz Hirsch RIP

posted Nov 8, 2015, 12:05 PM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Nov 8, 2015, 12:05 PM ]

Servus Fritz!

The news that Fritz had died did not come as a surprise when I telephoned Brunsha. I had been thinking about him and hoped that somehow he was comfortable and finally he was. Fritz had reached a great age just a few years shy of 100. He most certainly deserves peaceful rewards. Fritz had lived an extraordinary life. Despite the trauma of being uprooted from Austria he preferred to recall the joyful experiences of arriving in Ireland in the late 1930s, his first impression looking out the window and seeing the back of the Sugar Loaf in Co. Wicklow. He never lost his Viennese charm and that unique sense of humour.His parents founded The Old Vienna Club in Dublin during The Emergency (WW II). Fritz and his brother Ernest were very active members of The Irish Austrian Society that was to follow and thrives to this day. Austria honoured him with the Gold medal for services rendered and he continued for many decades serving as a very active committee member through three Presidencies. I, as the first Irish born President of the Society asked Fritz if he would act as our “Ideology Secretary” (private joke) and indeed he did keep us on the right path. Our memories are of a perfect gentlemen, always smartly dressed, charming and sincere, a very fine Irish-Austrian.