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Thank you for your continued support in 2023

The Ireland Funds’ mission is to harness the power of a global philanthropic network of friends of Ireland to promote and support peace, culture, education, and community development across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities around the world. We are very proud to have been active in Australia for the past 36 years and during that time have raised over $17 million, for worthwhile causes in Ireland and here in Australia. Through this, we have directly supported over 261 organizations, across the core pillars we support.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors our June 2023 Grant round totalled over $1.8 mil and assisted vital projects such as No Minds Left Behind, providing Life Changing Scholarships, Learning Hub Limerick providing a space where young people can reach their true potential; Inner City Enterprise assisting unemployed people to set up their own businesses; Trinity St. James Cancer Research Institute helping to accelerate scientific discovery to patient treatments – to name a few. Click here for a full report on our 2023 Grant Round

We soft launched our Women In Leadership and Philanthropy events in 2023 with the aim to empower, inspire, and give. Our goal is that through our networking initiatives, we will support each other as current and future business leaders in Australia, leveraging and sharing our collective networks and experience. And through our charitable efforts and initiatives, we aim to accelerate the impact of our charity partners and support women in Ireland and Australia. We are starting 2024 with our very first Women In Leadership Luncheon and will be joined by Geraldine Slattery, President, BHP Australia joined in conversation with Sarah O'Carroll, Editor in Chief, Forbes Australia - we would love you to join us. Please click here for more information.

We finished the year with our Sydney Garden Party at Fairwater on Sunday 19th November 2023, and it was a perfect day in every way. The sun was shining as we came together to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company, reflect on the past 36 years and look forward to the years ahead at this very special place. See a full event recap and photos here.

We are extremely proud of the outstanding work that the Young Leaders continue to do, this year the Global 5K returned to Centennial Park in Sydney and Park Runs in Melbourne and Brisbane, with 250+ runners over our three events we raised over $20,000 profit for our Young Leader Support Projects - The Irish Support Agency, IASRB, Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland, and 174 Trust Northern Ireland. Our Young Leaders are without doubt some of the most active Young Leaders globally and the next generation of philanthropists which is so vital to ensuring the longevity of the work of the Fund.

A huge Thank you you to all our partners, sponsors and friends we could not continue to do the work that we do without your support. We are really excited about 2024 and are creating opportunities for us to continue to come together, to raise funds and to support those that need us most across the island of Ireland and here in Australia.

On behalf of our Chair Yvonne Le Bas, our Board of Directors, Young Leaders and myself I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am looking forward to a quiet and peaceful Christmas, to farewell 2023 and look to 2024 with a renewed appreciation for family, friendships, health and excited to continue our good work in the new year. 

Teresa Keating
Executive Director

How Your Support Made a Difference

This year in celebration of our 36 years of and the difference you have made we have created an Impact Report, follow the link to see what we have achieved together.

With the end of the year fast approaching we would be grateful if you would join or rejoin one of our giving programmes or make a one-off donation. Our giving programmes include the Governor, Associate, Benefactor and Young Leader Programmes, all of which are tax-deductible. Details can be found by clicking the buttons below.

Upcoming Events

Join us in for a very special event Geraldine Slattery

President, BHP Australia 

in conversation with 

Sarah O'Carroll

Editor in Chief, Forbes Australia

Thursday 22 February 2024

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Hyde Park Doltone House

2024 Event Highlights

Global 5k

Sydney Garden Party

Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Events

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