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Martina O'Reilly: Looking back at 25 years Essay Competition

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During the award ceremony this week , German Teacher Martina O'Reilly from CBS High School in Clonmel looked back at 25 years German Language Essay competition and has kindly shared her impressions with us: Celebrating 25 years of the Essay Competition It is hard to believe or as the Austrians would say "es ist kaum zu glauben" that we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the essay competition. It seems like only yesterday when I encountered Herr Dr. Glaser for the first time - a kind, gracious, smiling man who made everyone feel special - a true gentleman in every sense of the word. The legacy he left behind goes far beyond just winning an essay competition. He wanted young Irish people to be immersed in the German language and was very much an advocate of promoting the language. He firmly believed that "one language sets you in a corridor for life, but two languages open every door along the way". Anyone can travel to a country and passively attempt to

German Language Essay Competition now closed. And the winners are...

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The Irish Austrian Society are delighted to announce the winners of the 2021/22 25th German Language Essay competition. The winners are: SENIORS Connor Gannon, CBS High School Clonmel. Teacher: Martina O'Reilly Winner of the Dr. Otto Glaser Trophy Runner up: 2nd: Ben Bielenberg, Ashton School Cork. Teacher: Tim Mulcahy 3rd: Nadine Simplicio, Colaiste Phobal Roscrea. Teacher: Eimear O'Meara TRANSITION YEAR Liam Freaney, CBS High School Clonmel. Teacher: Martina O'Reilly Winner of the Dubsky's Environment Trophy Runner up: 2nd: Jamie Larkin, Tullamore College. Teacher: Sarah McEvoy 3rd: Luke Barnard, Wesley College Dublin. Teacher: Jennifer Hegarty-Owens   JUNIORS Avea O'Mara, Ardscoil na Trionóide Athy. Teacher: Stephen Heffernan Winner of the St. Feargal Trophy Runner up: 2nd: Arek Turowski, CBS High School Clonmel. Teacher: Martina O'Reilly 3rd: Fionnán Ó Baoighill, Coláiste Dhúlaig Dublin. Teacher: Ms Collins TEACHERS: Aislinn Barry, Loreto Secondar

Irish Austrian Society Dinner

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At long last, President Dr. Declan Downey welcomed Members of the Society to a celebratory dinner at the Kildare Street and University Club in Dublin last Thursday. The honoured guests included His Excellency Dr Thomas Nader and his wife, Frau Dr Ingrid Thorbjørnsrud, and also Mrs Martina O’Reilly and her husband, Mr Michael O’Reilly. Martina has the distinction of being the first teacher to encourage her pupils to participate in our Society’s German Language Essay Competition and has continued to do so every year. The occasion was to celebrate three anniversaries: 65th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty which returned sovereign independence to Austria (1955-2020) 60th Anniversary of the Irish-Austrian Society (1960-2020)  25th anniversary of our Society’s German Language Essay Competition (began in 1997) Former President Paul Dubsky spoke about the foundation of our Society in 1960 and the Austrian flag that flew on top of the building that is now the Royal College of Surgeons i

Happy Easter

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Free online event: 12 April. Vienna - a walk through hidden lanes

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    Online Event: Vienna - a walk through hidden lanes Tue, 12 April,  9:15 - 10am. Registration required   About this event The old city of Vienna is famous for its centuries-old culture and buildings and is inextricably linked with the heritage of the Habsburgs. But apart from the Ring boulvard with the Opera house and the Hofburg castle, Vienna offers some hidden places and gems. I would like you to join me at a tour through small lanes and hidden places with its mystic stories and history! 

Statement of the President from AGM at 30 March

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  Please read the statement of Dr. Declan M. Downey, President of the Irish Austrian Society, from the Annual General Meeting on 30 March Statement of the President    

Where Words fail, Musik Speaks

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  Our friend and member Kevin O'Neill travelled to Austria in 2021, where he visited Salzburg and Innsbruck. He shares his impressions from the Salzburger Festspiele festival and concerts with us.   Kevin's Letter: Where Words fail, Musik speaks