Ireland House Newsletter

September Edition

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GAA - North Asian Gaelic Games

It's the business end of the season and the North Asian Gaelic Games are coming to Incheon on 12 September. Seoul Gaels will be hosting the games, which will include competitors in Mens and Womens football and hurling from Shanghai, Myanmar, Daegu, and Busan. This will be the last major test before the Asian Gaelic Games in Shanghai on the weekend of 25 October. About 70 children will also take part in underage games. For more information, including pre and post-games activities, go to www.facebook.com/seoul.gaels

Get ready for the Irish Folk and Dance Fest 2015!

The Irish Association of Korea are organising the very successful Irish Folk and Dance Fest again this year – there will be plenty of fun, frolics, singing, dancing and more. St. Andrew’s Society will also be there to introduce some Scottish dancing. The event is free and all are welcome. The festival takes place from 1-5 p.m. on 19 September at D-Cube near Sindorim Station in Seoul.

Irish Art in Seoul

Irish Art will be on show from 11-14 September in the trendy Dongdaemun Design Centre, as part of the Affordable Art Fair in Seoul. Dublin-based Sol Art Gallery are hosting an exhibition there, featuring Niall Leavy's work among others. For further details contact solartireland@gmail.com

Yeats: The Second Coming

Such is the interest in Yeats in Korea that there is a second international conference taking place. "The 2015 International Conference in Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of W. B. Yeats: Poetics and the Individual Talent" will take place in Hanyang University Seoul, on 12-13 September. More than forty Yeats scholars will present papers. Contact the Embassy for further information.

Traditional Irish Music at Jeonju International Sori Festival

The Jeonju International Sori Festival (7-11 October) will have a strong Celtic element this year, with performances by traditional music group The Outside Track (7 October) and the remarkable Clare Memory Orchestra (10 October). Tickets and further information can be found at http://sorifestival.com/2015html/english/SubPage.html?CID=pages/int01.html

Irish Theatrical Performances

The second half of 2015 also sees a number of Irish plays being performed in Seoul. Brian Friel's "Fathers and Sons" is currently running in Myeongdong Theater from 2-25 September, with English subtitles running for performances on 10 and 24 September. George Bernard Shaw's "St Joan" will run in December, again with English subtitles on 10 and 24 December. More information at http://www.mdtheater.or.kr/en.


The hit Irish musical "Once" is also making a return to Seoul: you can see it at the Charlotte Theater from 22 September - 1 November.

Video Competition

The Embassy of Ireland in Korea and The Irish Association of Korea are very proud to announce the launch of the 2015 “What Ireland means to me” Video Competition for university students in Korea. The competition seeks to raise awareness about Ireland and the opportunities through Education and Travel that Ireland can offer Korean students. Prizes will include flights, accommodation and an English language course in Ireland. More details to follow.

Sunday Sessions

The Sunday sessions continue every Sunday in the Wolfhound, Itaewon from 4pm to 8pm. All musicians and singers are welcome to perform, and all are encouraged to come along and enjoy the session.

Blog Awards Ireland

Congratulations to Shauna Browne - her blog, whatawaygook, has just made it on to the Blog Awards Ireland shortlist for Best Diaspora blog! To read it, and to find out how to support the blog in the final public vote, go to: https://whatawaygook.wordpress.com/

World University Games - Success for Ireland

The 2015 World University Games held in Gwangju was a success for Ireland and greatly enjoyed by all the athletes. They had local Irish support and the Irish Association of Korea also very thoughtfully organised a bus for those travelling from Seoul to see the Irish Men beat China 1-0 in the football. In swimming Fiona Doyle won a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke and a bronze in the 100m, and on the track Thomas Barr won a gold in the 400m mens hurdles.

Easter Rising - Relatives Register

Are you a relative of a participant in the Easter Rising? The Department of Defence are compiling an official register of relatives of participants in the Easter Rising for the purpose of invitations to Ireland 2016 commemorative events. Registration forms and details of how to apply are available on the Department of Defence website http://www.defence.ie/website.nsf/home+page?openform. The closing date for registration is Wednesday 30th September 2015.