Many Congratulations to Mrs Eileen McNamara who, surrounded by friends and family, celebrated her 100th birthday in style on 19th June 2019. She is pictured here with granddaughters Sarah and Emma, great grandson William and great granddaughter Maeve. The ISA wishes her continued good health and happiness.
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.
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
Looking back on a successful year at the Irish Support Agency
ISA gets Presidential seal of approval
Thank you to IASRB Melbourne for an engaging and informative Link Conference
Thanks to funding from Penrith Gaels Cultural and Sporting Association we are pleased to facilitate our second Mental Health First Aid Training Course for the Irish Community in NSW.
We were delighted to welcome visiting Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Mr Patrick O'Donovan T.D. to our St Patrick's Day Morning Tea last week. He was joined by HE Ambassador Breandán Ó Caollaí, Consul General Ms Jane Connolly and Vice Consul Mr Rory Conaty.
St Patrick’s Day celebrations not to be missed.
High praise from from Irish Minister for Mental Health and Older people.
A new weekly walking group to promote the health and well-being of the Irish Community in Sydney
Our first group of trained Mental Health First Aiders for the Sydney Irish Community.
The Irish Support Agency was pleased to welcome members of the Irish Community in Sydney to our first Returning to Ireland information evening this month.
A little word of thanks from the Irish Support Agency
April saw the return of the annual LINK Conference for Irish support organisations in Australia. The Claddagh Association in Perth were this year's hosts.
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.