We welcome you to the October edition of the IAA Newsletter!
It has been a while in between drinks, however we have a lot of events and news for you this month ranging from the successful summer Christmas event, the upcoming sporting matches and of course our 2014 Australia Day Ball which is currently in planning. We hope to see you at one of these events soon!
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To find out details of any upcoming events and activities, keep an eye on our website www.irelandaustralia.org, like the Ireland Australia Association Facebook page and follow us on Twitter https://www.twitter.com/IAAssociation/.
International Rules Series Game 2 Croke Park, Dublin Oct 26th
The IAA are planning an outing to the second test of the International Rules Series between Ireland’s GAA stars and the indigenous Australian AFL team. This is the first time Australia have sent an indigenous team and the stars of the game will be there including Hawthorn Premiership winner Buddy Franklin, Carlton’s Eddie Betts and Sydney Swans star and previous Australia captain Adam Goodes. This is always an exciting event to attend and tickets are good value for money, we are expecting a large turnout for this game.
Tickets for the game at €25 for adults and €5 for under 16s, tickets can be purchased direct from www.GAA.ie. We plan to meet up before and after the game at the Big Tree Pub on Dorset Street so we recommend booking tickets for the Hogan Stand side of the ground to avoid a longer walk to the stadium. Keep an eye on IAA Facebook page for updates.
Note: The IAA will be meeting at the Big Tree Pub on Lower Dorset from about 5.30pm prior to the match and also after the match to discuss the great comeback by Australia Keep an eye out for the signs inside the pub to find us. We have it on good authority that their may be Aussie beers on sale there too!
Other upcoming sporting events
In November Australia’s rugby league and union teams take on Ireland. On Saturday the 9th of November the Irish rugby league team take on Australia in the Rugby League World Cup. This game is in Thomond Park, Limerick. Buy tickets here.
The following Saturday the 16th of November The Wallabies play Ireland in rugby union at the Aviva Stadium, for tickets visit www.irfu.ie. Members of the IAA will be going to both these games and before and after meet ups are planned, further details nearer game days.
The IAA Christmas in July Event 2013
Over 90 adults and 40 excited children were in attendance for the second annual Christmas in July held at the Pavilion Bar in Trinity College. Celebrating an Australian style Christmas didn’t quite eventuate as the heavens opened up several times during the afternoon, however this didn’t stop Santa from flying in to visit the many children keenly awaiting his appearance.
The afternoon included a great bbq and a few refreshments, a welcome by Australian Ambassador to Ireland Dr Ruth Adler and numerous raffle prizes including a dinner for two at the Ballsbridge Hotel and at the Schoolhouse Hotel and restaurant.
Of course the highlight of the afternoon was the visit from the jolly fellow from the North Pole. After a rousing few renditions of Jingle Bells and Silent Night, Santa appeared, handed out his gifts, posed for a few photos and then was escorted back to the sleigh for the long trip back home.
We hope everyone enjoyed the afternoon and we look forward to catching you again as the other Christmas approaches.
The membership year runs from 1 July to 30 June the following year. The annual membership subscription is €20.00 This fee has not changed for a number of years and goes to helping us run the association, hold events and provide some member benefits along the way.
These benefits include including discounted tickets to some of the events run by the IAA, advance notification of special events and other benefits and discounts as they become available to the IAA.
Details can be found on the website IAA Membership
Upcoming Events – All things Australian!
15th – 26th October – Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Bord Gais Energy Theatre
25th -28th October – Mawsons Men Exhibition at Shackleton Autumn School in Athy, Co Kildare – Exhibition into the daily lives of the men of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914) led by Sir Douglas Mawson. http://www.shackletonmuseum.com/
26th October Ireland V Australia International Rules in Dublin GAA.ie
9th November Ireland V Australia – Rugby League World Cup game in Limerick
16th November Ireland V Australia – Guinness Series Rugby in Dublin
Save the Date – Saturday 25th January!
The IAA Australia Day Ball 2014
Preparations are underway for our annual Australia Day Ball which will be held on Saturday the 25th of January the eve of Australia Day. However with the intention of a bar extension on the night we will no doubt be celebrating into the wee hours of Australia Day itself. The IAA have been very busy viewing various hotels/centres for this event so that the perfect venue will be selected to suit everyone and for it to be a memorable occasion.
The evening will begin with a drinks reception followed by a 3 course meal, special guests and live music. Special thought and preparation is also underway in sourcing exciting raffle prizes which will be won on the night. The 2014 Ball is expected to be as spectacular as our previous ball with an estimated number of 200 people attending.
Exact details regarding the venue, times, ticket prices etc. will be up on our website as soon as all is available. Therefore pencil in the date and spread the news amongst family and friends as the IAA look forward to welcoming you on the evening.
If your business or company are interested in being a sponsor of the 2014 Ball we would love to hear from you. Please contact Bryce Fraser at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.