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Once again we have a great line-up of speakers, poets and musicians who will enlighten and entertain you in the unique atmosphere of St Clement's. Here you can get away from the world (most mobile phones are out of range) and immerse yourself in the company of a group of interesting participants, some of whom have the distinction of having attended every Shamrock!

Once again we are supporting Operation Christmas Child and ask that you bring along a shoe box of items suitable for a child - it will make a welcome addition to an underprivileged child's life. For further details - see instructions

The Shamrock Dinner in Galong House is a highlight of the gathering with Mr Richard O'Brien former Irish Ambassador to Australia as the after dinner speaker. Music will be very much part of the event with a number of musicians taking part in the Shamrock Ceili on Saturday night.

It will be a great weekend so please do register early and support the museum, library and archive at St Clement's.

2013 Program

 

Thursday 1 August

3.00pm

Registration


6.00pm

Dinner


7.30pm

Welcome to Shamrock in the Bush


Keynote address

7.45pm

His Excellency Mr Noel White, Ambassador for Ireland.


Friday 2 August

 

Two stories

9.00am

Mercy Gould's Irish-Australian indentity: 'You come from good blood Mercy, never forget it'.

Dr Keith Amos

9.45am

'Follow the Money Trail': Coningham-v-Coningham Revisited.

Anne Cunningham

10.30am

Morning tea


  Teachers and escapees

11.00am

'Mr Williams does not call the childrens names in school': Galong and locale Public Schools.

Dr Perry McIntyre      

11.45am

'The Murderous Escapades of Comerford and Jennings': Irish Convicts in and out of the System.

Dr Jeff Brownrigg

1.00pm

Lunch

 

The Museum - at last!

2.00pm

It started with butcher's paper ... then a kelly board!

St Clement's Historians - Dr Jeff Brownrigg, Dr Geoffrey Burkhardt, Cheryl Mongan & Dr Richard Reid.

 

Shamrock in the Bush opening of 'An abiding presence; Galong's land and people'.

Fr Brian Maher         

3.30pm

Afternoon tea and free time.

7.30pm

Shamrock Dinner - in Galong House with musical entertainment. Our after dinner speaker is Mr Richard O'Brien, former Irish Ambassador to Australia who will speak on 'Refelctions on a life with the Global Irish Family.

 

 

Saturday 3 August

 

The Irish in the Colonies

9.00am

Shamrocks in the Tropics.

Dr Jennifer Harrison

9.45am

The Irish in South Australia.

Dr Ann Herraman

10.30am

Morning tea

11.00am

Five decades of Irish Family Research.

Keith Johnson         

  Politicians and Protestants
11.45am

Telling Tales.

Evelyn Conlon

1.00pm
Lunch
 

Tuning up

2.00pm

Songs and stories of nineteenth-century Irish migrants.

Dr Val Noone

2.45pm

Dancing on the page: the vitality of the printed word and image in oral music, song and dance traditions.

Dr Fintan Vallely

3.30pm Afternoon tea and free time
6.00pm

Shamrock Ceili

 

An evening of music, song, dance and verse in the Galong Memorial Hall with entertainment by thecollective of talentes of the Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers and musicians. Buffet meal and refreshments will be served.

 

 

Sunday 4 August
 

Sedition and diplomacy

9.00am

Itinerant Preachers of Sedition': the Redmond Brothers' Tour of Australia in 1883.

Dr Jeff Kildea

9.45am

Definitely not Les: the Other Cultural Attache.

Martha McEvoy

10.30am
Morning Tea
 

Stones and paper

11.00am

God's two acres: the plot with the lot.

Cheryl Mongan

11.45am

A Shamrock in a Scrapbook.

Dr Richard Reid

12.45pm
Shamrock Reflections
1.00pm
Lunch

Please note that times and speakers could vary should unforeseen circumstances arise.

A brochure for Shamrock in the Bush 2013 events can be downloaded.

This page last updated:11 June 2013