The purpose of the Association is to encourage and support the study of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora in Australia, New Zealand and internationally, by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among its members. This exchange may be facilitated by the production of a scholarly journal and regular newsletters and the provision of scholarly conferences, fellowships, scholarships and prizes.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE, rules of association (1998)


Membership renewals are due for the new financial year. Automatic recurring annual payments can now be made through PayPal or directly from your credit card via the Membership page.

Malcolm Campbell | President


  • Irish Famine Commemoration
    28 August 2022, 11:00am AEST. Great Irish Famine Commemoration, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney and live stream on the day. The memorial to the Great Irish Famine and the young women who came from the workhouses of Ireland to Australia between 1848 and 1850 on a special emigration scheme is the vision of the Irish community in Sydney. The Irish Famine Monument was commissioned by the Historic Houses Trust of NSW and funded by donations from Government bodies, the Land Titles Office and the Irish Community. It was inspired by the call of the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson during her Sydney visit in 1995, that all Irish communities remember the Irish Famine and strive to alleviate poverty in the world today.
  • MISS: The Crisis of Captain Moonlite
    23 August 2022. Andrew George Scott was born in County Down, Ireland in 1845.  He was raised in a privileged family and as a member of the Irish Church.  After moving to New Zealand with his family, his father was employed as a lay reader for the Church of England.  Shortly afterwards, Scott relocated to Australia and was himself employed as a lay reader in Victoria.  Scott’s father would go on to be ordained a priest and would serve his community in that capacity until his death.  Scott would go on to become one of Australia’s most notorious bushrangers (Captain Moonlite) before being hanged in Sydney at the age of 35. This paper explores how a young man who began his career in Australia in the service of the Church ended up as a convicted criminal.  It will be demonstrated that no account of the extraordinary trajectory of Scott’s life is adequate without regard for his personal religiosity.
  • Steps of Freedom
    August – October 2022. The Irish Film Festival will premiere Ruán Magan’s award-winning Steps of Freedom on August 25th in the Palace Chauvel Cinema in Sydney, and other Australian cities through September. Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance is Writer/Director Ruán Magan’s enthralling documentary of how Irish dance has progressed to become a global phenomenon. Beautifully shot and mesmerising to watch, Steps of Freedom is a celebration of the history and heart of Irish culture, and its global appeal.
  • An Cailín Ciúin
    The highly acclaimed and award-winning Irish Language film An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) is coming to cinemas in Australia and New Zealand. Based on the book Foster by Irish writer Claire Keegan, An Cailín Ciúin is written and directed by Colm Bairéad, his debut feature. The film had its world premiere at the prestigious Berlinale in February and scooped The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Film wowing critics and audiences alike. It has won a staggering seven Irish Film and Television Academy awards at the recent IFTAs including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress. The Business Post says “This delicate, deeply affecting coming-of-age story might just be the best Irish-language film ever made”.
  • Irish Language in Aotearoa
    13 July 2022, Online. This free event will look at the history, use and records of the Irish language in Aotearoa New Zealand over the last 160 years, with a presentation of research by Diarmaid Coffey, Cathaoirleach of Conradh na Gaeilge Aotearoa. Everyone welcome! Presentation will be in English, but discussion welcome in Irish or English.
  • MISS: Seamus Heaney in Australia
    19 July 2022. What kind of relationship did the Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney have to Australia? How did his interactions with Australian poets shape his own work, and how has his poetry been received in the country? This paper will survey the relationship between Heaney and Australia: drawing on a range of archival material; exploring his friendships with writers including Vincent Buckley and Les Murray; and revisiting his 1994 appearance at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, a significant moment in the poet’s career.
  • CFP: Colonising & Decolonising the Irish 19C
    CFP: SSNCI Conference 22-23 June 2023. Abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers can be sent to by 1 February 2023. Please also include a 50-word biographical note. We also welcome proposals for panels of no more than 3 papers.
  • Mary Lou McDonald in Australia
    July 2022. The Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce will host a series of events​ ​across Australia this July, featuring keynote speaker Mary Lou​ ​McDonald, President of Sinn Féin and Leader of the Opposition in the 33rd Dáil. Ms McDonald will share her thoughts on the impact of the global​ ​pandemic, on the implications​ ​of Brexit, and on the role of Ireland​ ​in both Europe and the wider world from a business and​ ​geopolitical perspective going forward.
  • O’Donnell Fellowship 2023
    Applications are open for the 2023 O’Donnell Fellowship in Irish Studies at St Mary’s Newman Academic Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia. The application deadline is Friday 15 July 2022.
  • Joyce Centenary Symposium
    16 June 2022. 9am-5:30pm. The Oratory, Newman College. Stephen Dedalus famously declared his intention to ‘fly by’ the nets of nationality, language and religion. One hundred years after the publication of UIysses (1922), this symposium asks where Joyce might be ‘caught’ in the widest senses of that word. All welcome.

Members receive the following benefits:

  • Annual volume of the Australasian Journal of Irish Studies (optional subscription)
  • Generous discounts on back issues of AJIS and selected ISAANZ publications
  • Regular newsletters
  • Priority registration and discounts for ISAANZ Conferences
  • Information about Irish Studies events throughout Australasia
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