The New ISA Committee


After joining our Committee in 2013 and holding the role of Vice President since 2015, we are delighted that Donna McKiernan has taken over the reigns as President of the Irish Support Agency. Over the last five years on the Committee, Donna has been heavily involved in client assistance, fundraising and community engagement, putting her on good footing for this new role.

Donna will be supported on the committee by some familiar faces; Harvey James (Vice President), Marian Schaffer (Secretary), Eoin Scannell (Treasurer), Liz Kenny, Terence Mc Caughan, Roisin Trainor and Dave Stewart.

We would like to thank Harvey James for his tremendous service throughout his three year term as President. Harvey has led significant improvements and developments for our organisation including overseeing the rebrand in 2016 bringing us into the forefront of the Irish Community in NSW. We are glad to have him remain on the Committee in the position of Vice President. 

Thank you to everyone who came along to our AGM on Monday 22nd October and to all our members for their ongoing support. 

Paul's Cycle Across Australia

On the 6th of September Paul Kilroy will depart Byron Bay, Australia's most eastern point, and head on a 5,100km cycle to Shark Bay, Australia's most western point to raise awareness and funding for the much needed Irish Support Agency in Sydney.


Paul will be travelling alone without the aid of a support crew and will be fully equipped to make any repairs that may be needed along the way. He will be carrying everything he needs for the trip on his bike, including tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment, clothing and water.

Paul aims to cycle around 130 – 150km per day, hoping to complete the trip in 40 – 45 days. However, a recent lower back injury will require monitoring and may impact the distance he can travel each day. 

If you are as inspired by Paul as we are please make a donation to his fundraising page to help encourage him along the way. Any donation, large or small will make a difference to the Irish Community in NSW. You will be issued with a tax receipt and donations above $2 are tax deductible.

To find out more about Paul's cycle visit

Welcome to the new IAWB

Welcome to the new IAWB

2015 was a BIG year for the Irish Australian Welfare Bureau. We reached a milestone 20th year and celebrated this achievement in style at Parliament House. It was also a year of change; we welcomed some new faces on to the Committee and grew our team with the appointment of a new Coordinator and part-time Outreach Worker.