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2015 News & Events

December 2015

Irish Design 2015 Exhibition at Stilwerk

23 December 2015

The exhibition ‘Connections’ by Irish Design as part of the Year of Irish Design 2015 is on display at Stilwerk, Vienna, for the remainder of December. The 3D capsule exhibition features work by various Irish designers engaging with the theme “life and culture”.

FRA Roundtable with Professor Michael O'Flaherty

16 December 2015

The Embassy of Ireland was delighted to co-host an event on the 16 December to welcome Professor Michael O’Flaherty as the new Director of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency here in Vienna.

November 2015

Irish Artists and Bands at Blue Bird Festival

26 - 28 November 2015

Once again, several Irish artists will be represented at the Blue Bird Festival in Vienna, November 26 - 28.

Julian Gough: Reading and Writers' Workshop

09 November 2015

Renowned contemporary Irish writer Julian Gough, winner of the 2007 BBC Short Story Award, will hold a reading and facilitate a workshop in Vienna this November.

Celebrating 10 Years of Culture Ireland

Culture Ireland was set up in 2005 to promote Irish arts worldwide, promote the careers of Irish artists and raise the international profile and awareness of Ireland's creativity.

October 2015

Vienna Hosts Pan-European GAA Finals

17 October 2015

On Saturday Vienna played host to the Pan-European GAA finals. Over 450 enthusiastic players from across Europe converged on the Rudolf Tonn Stadion just outside the city to take part with Irish accents from all over the country mixing with German, French, Spanish and many more to give a true European feel to things.

Global Irish Design Challenge

05 October - 30 November 2015

This is your chance to be part of the story of Irish design. If you’re a designer with strong links to Ireland, we’d like you to submit a product, project or concept that has the potential to revolutionise the way we live.

September 2015

General Conference of the IAEA - National Statement by Ireland

14-18 September 2015

The delegation of Ireland read the below statement at the General Conference of the IAEA, placing a particular focus on the importance of gender equality within the organisation. Additionally, Ambassador Mary Whelan participated in the side event entitled “Reducing Cancer Deaths by a Third in 15 Years: How the IAEA can Help”. 

June 2015

Music Workshops with Tale of the Gael

14 June 2015

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a workshop on Irish song and melody presented by members of Tale of the Gael. Registration starts at 10.30 at the European Centre for Modern Languages, Nikolaiplatz 4, 8020 Graz. Find out more about the workshops.

Tale of the Gael - Performance to Mark Yeats 150

13 June 2015

Tale of the Gael are recognised for their skilful weaving of entertainment, fine music and Irish context. They will present aspects of the poet’s life and work set into some of Ireland's most beautiful music in a performance that blends the essence of Yeats into the rich and varied musical landscape of the island.   

The performance in Graz will take place with the kind cooperation of the Folk History Museum.

Venue: Heimatsaal im Volkskundemuseum, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Paulustorgasse 13a, 8010 Graz. Time: 20.00

Irish Night at Vienna’s Radiokulturhaus

12 June 2015

To celebrate an historic broadcast of James Joyce’s Ulysses on Radio Ö1, the Embassy of Ireland and ORF are collaborating to host an Irish Night at the Radio Café in Vienna’s famous Radiokulturhaus (Argentinierstraße 30a, 1040 Wien). The event will run from 21.00 to late in the Radio Café.  

Tale of the Gael - Performance to Mark Yeats 150

12 June 2015

Tale of the Gael are recognised for their skilful weaving of entertainment, fine music and Irish context. They will present aspects of the poet’s life and work set into some of Ireland's most beautiful music in a performance that blends the essence of Yeats into the rich and varied musical landscape of the island.

The performance will be hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies at the University of Vienna, starting @ 18.30.

Room UR (= Unterrichtsraum) (ground floor) Department of English and American Studies Universität Wien, Campus AAKH, Hof 8.3 Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien

May 2015

Eurovision Semi-Final – Good Luck to Ireland’s Molly Sterling!

20 May 2015

The 2nd Semi-Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will take place tonight in Vienna. Ireland’s Molly Sterling will compete for a place in Saturday’s final with 15 other participants!

“Visible Signs” Works by Irish Artist Leonard Sheil

15 May 2015

“Visible Signs”, an exhibition featuring works by Leonard Sheil opens at the Galerie grenzART in Hollabrunn on 15 May and will be open until 7 June.

Ambassador Whelan Lays Wreath at Mauthausen Commemoration Ceremony

10 May 2015

Ambassador Whelan attended the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen concentration camp and laid a wreath on behalf of the Government and people of Ireland at the memorial in the centre of the camp.

Irish Films Feature @ Ethnocineca Festival

4 May 2015

Two Irish films will feature in this year's Ethnocineca Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest at the Votivkino in Vienna.

The short film Analogue People in a Digital Age, directed by Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth, will be shown on Tuesday 5 May. Abasezi ("Nightdancers!), directed by Emile Dinneen, will be shown on Thursday 7 May.

More details on the Ethnocineca website.

April 2015

Exhibition of Works by Irish Artist, Leonard Sheil

25 April 2015

An exhibition of works by Irish Artist Leonard Shiel will be presented at the Galerie Gut Gasteil from 25 April to 21 June 2015. The Gallery is located at 2640 Prigglitz, Gasteil 1.

Global Irish Civic Forum - Registration Open!

22 April 2015

As set out in ‘Global Irish – Ireland’s Diaspora Policy’ the first Global Irish Civic Forum will take place in Dublin Castle on 3-4 June 2015.

Nominations Open for 2015 President’s Award

1 April 2015

The Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad is presented by the President every year. It recognises the service given to this country or to Irish communities abroad by those who live outside Ireland.

The closing date for Embassies to receive nominations is Wednesday 22 April 2015.

March 2015

2015 Irish Charity Ball

28 March 2015

Tickets for the 15th Irish Charity Ball are now on sale! This year’s Irish Ball will be held on Saturday 28 March in the beautiful InterContinental Hotel beside Stadtpark, where guests can expect a night filled with fine food, Irish drinks, and craic agus ceol. The selected charities for 2015 are Ireland's Barretstown children's charity and Austria's St. Anna Kinderkrebsforschung. See the Irish Charity Ball website for more information!

St Patrick's Day Céilí

14 March 2015

Under the patronage of the Ambassador of Ireland, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Céilí, organised by Cumann Céilí Vín, will take place from 19.00 – 21.30 at Haus der Begegnung, Ada-Christengasse 2b, 1100 Vienna

Saint Patrick's Day Parade & Community Gathering

14 March 2015

The Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in central Vienna on 14 March. . It will start at 11.00 and march from the Freyung, outside the Schottenstift, via Mölker Bastei to Schottengasse and back to the Freyung. This will be followed by a Post-Parade gathering at Freyung 4, with Irish music and dance.

Saint Patrick's Day Mass

14 March 2015

The Annual St Patrick’s Day Mass, organised by the Austro-Irish Society, will take place at Vienna’s Schottenstift (Johanneskapelle) at 10.00 on 14 March.

Dan O’Brien at the WU Executive Academy

12 March 2015

Dan O’Brien, one of Ireland’s leading economists, will give a keynote address to the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU) Executive Academy on Thursday 12 March at 18.30. This event is hosted jointly by the Irish Business Network Austria and the WU with support from the Embassy of Ireland.

February 2015

“Invisible Violence” opens at the Salzburger Kunstverein

14 February 2015

With support from Culture Ireland, the Salzburger Kunstverein is proud to present “Invisible Violence”, a multi-disciplinary project curated by Zoran Erić, Séamus Kealy and Blanca de la Torre. The project includes pieces by Irish artists Sarah Brown, Declan Clarke, Willie Doherty, Garret Phelan and Locky Morris and will be on display until 10 April 2015.