Irish Interest Group


Irish Catholics Picnic

Calling all Catholic Irish immigrants and their families. 1608 West Coast Rd – 25 February, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In conjunction with the Hornby Darfield Parish and the Sockburn Parish an event is being orgnaised for Catholic Irish immigrants and their families to join us for a picnic on Sunday afternoon the 25th of February. The focus is to welcome recent immigrants to the Diocese and give them an opportunity to meet new people from the Christchurch Diocese.  

Often it is hard to build relationships in a new country and we wanted to provide a relaxed atmosphere to connect with a variety of people from the Diocese. From Midday to 5.00pm we will gather for a bit of ‘craic agus ceoil’ provided by “The Jameson’s” Irish Band and watch some Irish Dancing. For the children there will be a bouncy castle, face painting, drinks and chips. It is all happening at 1608 West Coast Road, located between West Melton and Aylesbury. Bring your picnic and some light refreshments and meet a whole lot of wonderful people.

Enquiries to:   phone (03) 366-9869



Click here to read an informative letter from Fintan Mullan, Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation



Auckland Expo 2017

The Irish Interest Group EXPO Stand with committee members Maria Coyne and Miles Dillon (pictured) promoting the Irish Interest Group over two days, assisted by committee member Bruce Graeme and Graeme McVerry from the committee of the Irish Interest Group-Lower North Island. 

As always the Irish stand proved to be very popular with the public and the committee very busy over the weekend

We welcome new members who signed up and look forward to their attendance at our next Irish meeting on Sunday 26 November

We thank everyone who supported our Raffle and congratulate the winners:  J. Boyd,  R. Nevin  and  E. Woollett


NZSG Irish Interest Group February Meeting 

Our next Irish meeting is to be held on Sunday 25 February from 1.00pm to 4.00pm at the NZSG FRC library, 159 Queens Road, Panmure, Auckland.  The meeting room doors open at Midday and facilities will be available for refreshments should you wish to bring your lunch.

The Irish in South Africa 

The South African Wars in the late 19th Century – Irish involvement

Our Guest Speaker will be Colonel (Rtd.) Graeme Wilson ONZM, ED, BSc, B.E.

in conjunction with Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd.) Jordi Garcia ED. B. COM, LL.B, CFPCM, AFA

Their presentation will cover the British Zulu War of 1879,   The first Boer War of 1880 - 1881 and the Second Boer War of 1899 - 1902

The Boer War as we know it, was the 1899-1902 campaign and involved not only British Regiments including Irishmen, but also Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, British Ceylonese and Indian Regiments

This presentation will also include details on the First World War 1914-1918

Outline of WW1:

British Expeditionary Force 1914 - early 1915 (Regulars from the Full Time Army)

1914 - The invasion to the Battle of the Marne AUG-SEP, race to the sea and the 

establishment of 650 klms of trenches SEP-DEC

Kitcheners' New Armies (recruited from the population at large in France from mid-1915 onwards

1915 - The Trench warfare battles

1916 - The major attrition battles: Battle of Verdun (German-French) FEB-DEC; 

The Battle of the Somme (German-British) JUL-OCT; Establishment of the Hindenburg Line

1917 - Major Battles continue: Nivelle Offensive (French-British) APR-MAY; 

The Battle of Flanders (British-Belgian) APR-DEC; The United States of America enters the war

1918 - German Spring Offensive MAR-JUL; Allied 100 day Offensive AUG-NOV

Graeme will cover an overview on these wars and the involvement of the varying British/Irish Regiments in these campaigns, ably supported by Jordi

At the end of Graeme’s and Jordi’s presentation complimentary afternoon tea will be served and the NZSG library will be open until 4.00pm should you want to take the opportunity to conduct research.  Assistance will be provided for Irish research inquiries.

We look forward to seeing you at our Irish meeting on

Sunday 25 February

New members and visitors welcome




1pm - 4pm,  Fourth Sunday,  February,  May,  August and November


Door Fee $3.00 - tea complimentary

Any inquiries email:  Irish

Applications for membership as per the Subscription form



Geraldene O'Reilly

PO Box 272-1456,  Papakura, Auckland 2244

Ph:  09 299 1381

Email: Irish



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2017 Committee

Convenor - Geraldene O'Reilly

Secretary - Maria Coyne

Treasurer - Tim Donaldson

Committee - Miles Dillon,  Bruce Graham,  Dorothy Dowgray,  John Dowgray,  Joy Todd 



You can download information from this section about Journals and Magazines purchased for the IIG

Irish Lives Remembered 

Ireland Reaching Out - Ireland XO

Eneclann - Irish Family History Centre

Irish Family History Foundation

Memorial to the 18th Royal Irish Regiment in New Zealand 


Travel Information

Tourism Ireland, Auckland have provided useful information about travel in Dublin and internet links to many of the places and utilities a traveler would want.

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