Our History

Showing incredible foresight, Frank O’Donoghue recognised the need for a safety-net specifically for the Irish community in NSW and founded the organisation, incorporated on 22 May 1995.  

From it’s formation, with input from Phyllis McGrath from the Irish Australian Welfare Bureau in Victoria, and the hard work of the volunteer Committee, the Agency has grown to meet significant demand through the hard work and generosity of our volunteers, contributors and supporters over the years.

With the assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, with their Emigrant Support Program, we have been able to fund both a full-time Coordinator and part-time Administrators since 2005, as well as our other operating costs.  We have recently increased our team with the addition of a part-time Outreach Worker. 

Having celebrated our 20th Anniversary in 2015, we are adapting to the changing needs of our community with the rebranding of the organisation to the Irish Support Agency.

This rebrand will help us to meet the increasing needs of Irish Australians in NSW and increase awareness of the work that we do across the whole community as we step forward into our next 20 years.


The Irish Support Agency NSW Inc is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 70 880 566 535.