Tuesday 29th June, 2021 at 6:30pm (AEST) on Zoom
Dr Jeff Kildea, Dr Perry McIntyre and Dr Richard Reid
To Foster an Irish Spirit – writing the centenary history of the Irish National Association of Australasia
For over a century the Irish National Association of Australasia (INA) has been a significant, at times perhaps the most significant, ‘Irish’ organisation in Sydney. Encouraging Irish sports, language, dancing, literature, history and culture in the broadest sense – these have been central to its existence. Above all, the Association has never swerved from its total support for the full and undivided freedom of Ireland, or as its founder, Albert Dryer would have expressed it, Ireland one of the ‘motherlands’ of modern Australia. In this talk the authors of To Foster an Irish Spirit: The Irish National Association of Australasia 1915-2015 will tell the story of the INA’s first one hundred years and provide some background on the writing of its centenary history.
Jeff Kildea is an adjunct professor in Irish Studies at the University of New South Wales. Perry McIntyre is an historian based in Sydney who has worked on nineteenth century emigration for many years. Richard Reid was born in Ireland, and has worked as a high school teacher, museum education and research officer, exhibition curator and public historian.
The seminar will start at 6:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (Melbourne); 8.30pm New Zealand Standard Time (Wellington); 9:30am Irish Standard Time (Dublin). The seminar will also be recorded.