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About Us

A meeting was convened on Sunday 15th April 2018 at St Patrick's Cathedral Hall in Dawson Street South, Ballarat to establish a Ballarat and District Irish Association.
A good number of people attended and completed a "Register of Interest" form. The meeting commenced following the closure of the Irish Heritage Exhibition presented by Dr Michael Taffe at the same venue.

The meeting adopted the Model rules - inclusive of the name of the organization and a membership fee of $20 as well as the following purposes:

Our Inaugural Committee were:President: Brian Shanahan OAM, Secretary: Catriona Banks, Vice President: Phillip Moore, Treasurer: Dr Michael Taffe,
Cultural Heritage: Anne Beggs-Sunter, Events & Entertainment: Jeanne Wheeler, Promotion/Media/Facebook: Helen Bath, Membership: Clara Geoghegan

Current Committee members are:

President: Helen Bath
Vice President: Mary Darcy
Secretary: Veronica Lowe
Treasurer: Rex Carland
Committee: Jeanne Wheeler (Events), Dr Michael Taffe (History), Robert Bath (Community Liaison), Pauline O'Shannessy-Dowling (Arts Community Liaison)

For information on becoming a member please visit our Membership Page or email us at

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