Irish Support Organisations Abroad

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What Kind of Support is Available?

If you are thinking of emigrating from Ireland or you are already living overseas, Irish groups abroad can be a good way of finding out about your destination before you go and to make connections with the local Irish community once you arrive. These groups vary from Irish welfare organisations providing valuable support to Irish emigrants in need, to Irish business networks, sports & social clubs, social media groups and groups focused on promoting Irish culture and heritage. They can provide you with the opportunity to create friendships and meet new people in your chosen destination. Some even offer opportunities to get involved by volunteering, and can also signpost you to your local GAA club ( or Comhaltas branch ( 

Which Countries have Irish Support Organisations?

Lots of them! Below you will find details of some Irish organisations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, the UK and the USA as well as other useful contacts in places such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Middle East, Africa, and South America. You can also find more useful links and websites listed under the various country sections of this website. 

Additionally, the Global Irish section of the Department of Foregin Affairs website has a GlobalIrish Diaspora Directory of Irish emigrant organisations in other around the world. See

Embassies and Consulates

 Contact details for Irish Embassies and Consulates around the world are available at: Most of the Embassy websites include a section on local Irish groups as well so it's well worth taking the time to check these out. 

If you need assistance abroad see or contact the Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000



  • Irish Australian Support & Resource Bureau (Melbourne, VIC) One of four Irish emigrant organisations providing welfare related support to Irish people in Australia. Website: 
  • Irish Support Agency (Sydney, NSW) One of four Irish emigrant organisations providing welfare related support to Irish people in Australia. Website:
  • The Claddagh Association Inc. (Perth, WA)  One of four Irish emigrant organisations providing welfare related support to Irish people in Australia. Website: 
  • Irish Families in Perth (Perth, WA) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Facebook:  
  • Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland Inc. (Brisbane, QLD) One of four Irish emigrant organisations providing welfare related support to Irish people in Australia. Website:              
  • Adelaide Irish Connect (Adelaide, South Australia) is a social networking group established in 2010 to connect recent migrants from Ireland to the many Irish people living in South Australia. Facebook:
  • Your local regional GAA Club. Clubs can be found in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, and Victoria. The website for the GAA in Australia is 
  • Michael Cusacks GAA (Sydney) is one of Australia’s largest GAA clubs with teams across the four Gaelic playing codes – Mens Senior and Junior Gaelic Football, Ladies Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie. 
  • Queensland Gaelic Football and Hurling Association (Brisbane). If you are interested in playing Gaelic Football, Hurling or Camogie and you live in or are moving to Brisbane or Gold Coast, see
  • The Aisling Society of Sydney is an Irish Australian cultural society whose main interests are the study of the history, life and culture of Ireland, and of the effect of our Irish heritage on Australian life. 
  • Sydney Queer Irish was set up for Irish people residing or passing through Sydney who identify as Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Trans Gender, & Bi. They hold various events through out the year helping people settle into the Sydney lifestyle and get out and about. 



  • Irish Canadian Immigration Centre (I/CAN) provide outreach and information on employment, social services and immigration to newly arrived Irish immigrants. Based in Toronto they offer a Canada wide service. Website: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • The Irish Association of Toronto acts as a meeting point and support outlet for Irish immigrants in the Toronto area. Website:
  • Ireland - Canada Chambers of Commerce are located in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Website: 
  • St Patrick’s Society of Montreal provides assistance and advocates on behalf of Irish immigrants in the Montreal area. Website: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Irish Women's Network of BC provides women of Irish descent in British Columbia with support and networking opportunities as well as providing information and networking seminars for newcomers. Website: www.irishwomenbc.netEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Your local regional GAA ClubClubs can be found in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. The website for the GAA in Canada is


  • Irish People Living in New Zealand (IPLNZ) is a not-for profit organisation based on Facebook. It provides a platform for interaction and information for Irish people in New Zealand. See
  • Irish Business Network New Zealand is a great way to network with the Irish business community in New Zealand - 



  • The European County Board of the GAA was set up in 1999 and now heads up 85 clubs around Europe in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. See
  • The Irish in Europe Association has a network of Chapters around Europe and aims to help Irish people living and working in Europe. See


  • Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) is a national umbrella group for all of the Irish Immigration Centers in the US. To find Irish centers in the USA go to:
  • Aisling Irish Community Center  (New York) was established in 1996 to assist Irish immigrants in their transition to life in the USA. They are based in Yonkers. Website:
  • Chicago Irish Immigrant Support is an immigration and social services provider serving the Irish community of Chicago and beyond with senior, legal, pastoral, student and J1 programmes. Website: 
  • Emerald Isle Immigration Centre (New York) has provided immigration information, social, employment and education related services to Irish emigrants in New York since 1988. They have two offices, one in the Bronx and one in Queens. Website:
  • Irish Apostolate USA is offer pastoral support, advocacy and outreach services and is the response of the Irish and American Catholic Bishops to the needs of Irish immigrants in the United States. Website:
  • Irish Immigration Center (Philadelphia) is a community hub for Irish emigrants in the Philadelphia and wider Delaware Valley. Website: 
  • Irish International Immigrant Center (Boston) has supported Irish emigrants since 1989, specialising in Learning Exchange programmes between Ireland and the USA s well as immigration, advocacy, wellness and education services. Website:
  • Irish Pastoral Centre - Boston celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. They offer a comprehensive range of services including active seniors and family outreach programmes, free legal and immigration clinics, a mother and toddler group, and much more. Website: 
  • Irish Immigration Pastoral Center - San Francisco provides support and information to Irish emigrants including older people, J1 students and more. Website:
  • Irish Outreach San Diego is a vibrant multi-service center focused on assisting Irish citizens, those of Irish ancestry, and Irish visitors (summer students) in San Diego. Website:
  • New York Irish Center (New York) is a community center based in Long Island City (Queens), just one subway stop away from Grand Central Station. It runs cultural events, a senior programme and hosts the first US location of Pieta House. Website:
  • Your regional GAA club. With over 130 adult and youth GAA clubs in the USA, find one near you at:



  • Irish in Britain (previously known as the Federation of Irish Societies) is a national umbrella organisation which draws together Irish clubs and societies in Britain. To find Irish organisations in Britain see their website:
  • The London Irish Centre was founded in 1954 to support the needs of thousands of newly-arrived Irish emigrants in London. Since then the London Irish Centre (LIC) has developed into the largest Irish welfare and community organisation in Britain. Website:
  • Birmingham Irish Association provides advice and support to Irish people living in or who have recently moved to Brimingham. Website: 
  • Causeway Irish Housing Association offers short-term accommodation, primarily to young single homeless people in London. They also support tenants through the Life Skills Project which includes help with education, employment, benefits, resettlement, and community involvement. Website: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • icap (Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy) is a charity providing counselling and psychotherapy to Irish and non-Irish people in London. Website: 
  • Irish Community Care Liverpool provide information and advice on a range of services including welfare, homelessness, health, and cultural isolation to Irish people living in and around Liverpool. Website:
  • Irish Community Services (in Greenwich, Bexley & Lewisham) provide a range of popular, welcoming and successful welfare and support services to the Irish Community across South London. Website:
  • Luton Irish Forum runs range of activities (elders group, baby and toddler groups) and provides various supports (including welfare support) to Irish people living in Luton. Website: 
  • Mind Yourself offer a range of events and services dedicated to improving the physical and mental health of the London Irish community. Website: 
  • The Aisling Project (Returning to Ireland) is based in London and assists long-term Irish emigrants by providing supported holidays in Ireland, helping to reconnect with friends and family and resettle in Ireland. Website:


Middle East  

  • Abu Dhabi is a useful website providing free information and orientation sessions to Irish people moving to/living in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). See 
  • Abu Dhabi Irish Society was founded in 1975 and offers a range of social events for Irish people living in Abu Dhabi. See
  • Irish Business Network Dubai provides a networking and educational platform to Irish professionals based in Dubai. See
  • Middle East GAA clubs are a good way of making connections on arrival. Currently there are 4 GAA clubs in the UAE ( in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah), and another 10 spread across Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Find out more at 


  • The Asia County Board of the GAA was established in 2006 and currently includes 22 clubs in 11 countries including China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. See 
  • Irish Network China aims to promote and encourage exchange and understanding of business, cultural and sporting ties between the Irish and Chinese communities in Beijing. See 
  • Irish Network Japan is a non-profit organization promoting Ireland’s culture, traditions, and people in Japan. It also assists Irish people in Japan, and promotes exchanges between the two countries. See They also have this list of Irish groups and societies based in Japan. 
  • Saint Patrick's Society Bangkok promotes the social and cultural interests of the Irish community in Thailand. See


  • The Irish South African Association exists to facilitate social contact between Irish people, people of Irish descent and anyone who has any interest whatsoever in the Irish & in Ireland. See

South America

  • The Hurling Club in Buenos Aires was established by descendants of Irish emigrants to Argentina. See
  • provides information and promotes Irish community events across Latin America. See


If you provide are an Irish society, association, club, welfare group, social media group GAA club, business network or you provide information or support to Irish emigrants around the world and would like to be listed on this page, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us here.