A Publication of the Australian Irish Heritage Association

Volume 8 Number 1

Autumn 2000



Why Anzac Day is difficult for some Irish

AIHA Ecumenical Service

The address given by Denis Glennon at the ecumenical service on 23 January 2000

70th Anniversary of famous departure

Smithyís flight from Portmarnock Strand to New York June 1930

Doctors of the First Fleet

Medical officers of various distinction made up the ship surgeons for the famous First Fleet in 1787 as related by Dr Jim Leavesley

Blair Refuses Pardon for John Boyle O'Reilly

An unsuccessful plea by Geoff Gallop for a pardon for JB

From our Dublin correspondent

Tony Curtis talks of the passing of poet Michael Hartnett.

Brendan Award for Michael Nolan

The Honorary Consulís award

Not in Front of the Servants

Olive Sharkey speaks this time of the Dairymaid

Scotch Corner

Alex Main describes how a language reflects culture

Wartime in Canungra, Queensland

A wartime letter from a Canungra soldier in 1943 mentions OíReillyís Guesthouse

Irish history on USA school curriculum creates public debate

The teaching of Irish history in US schools including reference to the Irish Famine as an act of genocide

My Father's Country

The essay winner of the Famine Literary awards about a family visit to the North.


The short fiction essay winner of the Famine Literary Awards about a wanderer on the wing.


The Famine Literary Awards poetry winner

Names of the Century

Ita Eames on childrenís names of the century as seen through the columns of the Irish Times

The New Zealand currach

Bringing West Kerry boat building expertise to New Zealand


Whitbread Poetry Award winner translated by Seamus Heaney

Irish Fighting Irish

Bian McGinn describes how, in foreign armies, Irish soldiers often found their kinsmen in rifle sights

The Rebel Countess

A review of Colm OíDohertyís production based on the life and times of Constance Markievicz

Patrick O'Brian dies in Dublin

Kitty Holland describes the passing of the creator of Captain Jack Aubrey RN

`Journey' ends at Clare graveside

The funeral of the writer Francis Stuart who always accepted severe disorder and destruction as something he could convert into his work, his poetry and his imagery..

Ode To An Unkind Reviewer

Sheena Blackhall describes the dangerous implications of lampooning a Celt

An Irishman's Diary

Kevin Myers looks at one aspect on the loss of language of the work of Michael Laffan

Memorial At The Eureka Stockade

The commemoration of the Eureka Stockade rebellion including a memorial by local sculptors Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith

Busy Weekend at Eureka

Those who gathered at different events at Ballarat for the 145th Eureka anniversary came from many different background but for the common purpose of honouring the diggers.

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