Global Irish Studies Centre Says Thank You

13 May 2013

On 5 November 2012, the Global Irish Studies Centre held a reception for donors past and present, including those who were instrumental in building the Chair in Modern Irish Studies over a long campaign. 

We were delighted to welcome the Chancellor of UNSW, Mr David Gonski AC, who delivered his personal thanks to the guests and dignitaries, including Mrs Mary Lee, Chairperson of the Endowment Committee for the Chair in Modern Irish Studies, The Honourable Judge John O'Meally AM RFD, President of the John Hubert Plunkett Society, and Dr Richard O'Brien, former Ambassador of Ireland to Australia. In his message of thanks to attendees, Australian Ireland Fund Chair Professor Rónán McDonald outlined the achievements of past years and outlined a vision for the future that reflects a vibrant, open and comparative approach to Irish Studies at UNSW. The Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor James Donald reaffirmed the centrality of local community support to the continued success of Irish Studies at UNSW.

We thank the organisers, serving staff, musicians and all other assistance for contributing to a most enjoyable evening. Attendees repaired to the Patrick O'Farrell Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor Cormac Ó Gráda, which followed the reception.