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Irish priest who came to Australia by boat in 1953 turning 90

Fr Tom Keegan

“THOUGH 12,000 miles (19,300km) may divide us my thoughts will constantly fly back to the old folks at home,” Fr Tom Keegan wrote in November 1953 aboard the ship Otranto while he was steaming out to Australia from his home in Ireland. Memories from Fr Keegan’s life came back to life as his friends and family prepared for his 90th ... Read More »

Yeppoon couple to lead Australian pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin

Mark and TInk Boyd

A QUEENSLAND couple with seven children will lead the official Australian pilgrimage to the ninth World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin in August. Mark and Tink Boyd, from Yeppoon, first attended a World Meeting of Families conference in Mexico City in 2009 after an invitation from then Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan. “It just opened our eyes to the evangelising ... Read More »

Irish Remembrance Mass

The Irish Australian Support Association of Qld Inc (IASAQ) invites you to our Annual Irish November Remembrance Mass, which will take place in: St James’ Church, 165 Old Cleveland Rd., Coorparoo on Sun 5 November at 12 noon Come and join with other members of the Irish Community in praying for the peaceful repose of deceased relatives and friends. Tea/coffee ... Read More »

Irish community to remember dead members next month

Irish Remembrance Masses

TWO Irish citizens who died tragically in Queensland this year will be among the holy souls remembered by Irish Catholics in the state next month. The Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland lends a helping hand to Irish expats in distress. Oftentimes the Brisbane-based charity steps forward to assist families who hear the tragic news that their loved ones have ... Read More »

Irish family found road to freedom between Tipperary and Rosevale

Kevin Ahearn Slab Hut Split Rail

THE weather-beaten ironbark fence at Kevin Ahearn’s front door is a constant reminder of the priceless debt he owes his Irish ancestors. It’s a link to the title of Kevin’s recently published book, Slab Hut and Split Rail Fence – A local history of Rosevale, Mt Walker, Lower Mt Walker and the first Irish families. Kevin salvaged the fence from ... Read More »

Easter Rising hero remembered 100 years on

William Ryan

BRISBANE Catholics are rallying to make sure the unmarked grave of an Irishman who risked his life for the independence of Ireland soon has a headstone. About 130 people gathered around the grave of William Ryan at Nudgee cemetery last Sunday on the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin. Mr Ryan joined fellow Irish citizens on Easter Monday, ... Read More »

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