Old Irish Sydney Walking Tour

Walking Tour 1 Walking Tour 2

A free app (for Apple and Android) is now available offering a self-guided, one hour walking tour highlighting the city of Sydney’s rich Irish heritage.

Twelve destinations are covered in the sixty minute tour. Historical moments are frozen in time including The Irish Famine memorial in the Hyde Park Barracks which commemorated the dislocation of the Irish community by famine and emigration plus the St Patrick’s Day Riot, which took place in Hyde Park in 1878. The tour can be walked in 1 hour or broken into two, half hour walks. Each tour is simple to follow with a GPS-enabled map of the route and its stops. Detailed text, audio commentary and stunning historical imagery reveal the stories of the Irish characters, events and architecture that have transformed the city of Sydney.

The app content has been developed by staff at the Dictionary of Sydney. The tour contains over 40 images (historical and contemporary) and 13 audio recordings written and narrated by local Irish actors Aine de Paor and Maeliosa Stafford. Members of the Aisling Society contributed to the historical content of the app and one of the sites included in the tour is Pfahlert’s Hotel in Margaret Street, where the Aisling Society was established in 1954. Alas, the pub is no more, having been demolished in the 1960s.

The app has been funded by the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Program. “I am really delighted that the new Irish Walking Tour app will be launched during the Sydney St Patrick’s Festival this year” said Caitriona Ingoldsby Consul General of Ireland in Sydney. “I am also very pleased that the creation of the app has been funded by a grant from the Irish government’s Emigrant Support Programme. Our aim is that, through this app, more people will become aware of the very strong Irish heritage and history of this wonderful city.”

Download the app from – trust.dictionaryofsydney.org/projects/old-irish-syd-walk

St Patrick’s Day Parade

The long tradition of the Aisling Society’s involvement in the St Patrick’s Day parade continued this year, as reported by our Treasurer (and inveterate SPD parade attendee) Padraic Hoban:

The Aisling Society of Sydney had a “float” in the St Patrick’s Day Parade yesterday. The truck was well decorated and so were the kids on the back of the truck. The society’s banner was prominent on the front of the truck and I could hear the couple of paragraphs about the society being read out over the P.A. system as we drove past the Sydney Town Hall steps. The rain arrived just in time for the start of the Parade but this didn’t dampen the spirits. There was lots of colour, and smiles and waves to and from the crowd.

The Gigli Concert

Gigli Concert

The Gigli Concert, a fiercely satirical, beautifully crafted play about the endurance of the human spirit and the ability to achieve the impossible will open on 4 April 2014 at the Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst. Hailed as one of the greatest Irish plays of the last century The Gigli Concert is widely considered to be playwright Tom Murphy’s masterpiece. The play will be presented by the Darlinghurst Theatre Company in partnership with O’Punksky’s Theatre, a company renowned for delivering standout productions of Irish drama. Tickets are on sale now, starting at just $30. The season will run until 4 May 2014. For tickets log on to the Darlinghurst Theatre website or phone (02) 8356 9987.