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 (http://international.gaa.ie/) or Comhaltas branch (https://comhaltas.ie/).
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 list of Irish organisations in other countries. See www.dfa.ie/global-irish/living-abroad/. There is also an Irish Diaspora website. See http://www.diaspora.ie/starship/diaspora-websites/.
Embassies and Consulates
Contact details for Irish Embassies and Consulates around the world are available at: www.dfa.ie/embassies/irish-embassies-abroad/. 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 www.dfa.ie/travel/assistance-abroad/ 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)
Phone: +61 (0) 3 9482 3865
- Irish Support Agency (Sydney, NSW)
Phone: +61 (0) 2 9300 8019 (1800 186 966 from within Australia)
- The Claddagh Association Inc. (Perth, WA)
Phone: +61 (0) 8 9345 1713 (general enquiries) or +61 (0) 403 972 265 (support)
- Irish Families in Perth (Perth, WA)
- Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland Inc. (Brisbane, QLD)
Phone: +61 (0) 7 3391 1300 or +61 (0) 432 087 328
- Adelaide Irish Connect (Adelaide, South Australia)
- Geelong Irish Society (Victoria)
- 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 www.gaelicfootball.com.au
- Irish Canadian Immigration Centre
Based in Toronto, the Irish Canadian Immigration Centre (I/CAN) provide outreach and information on employment, social services and immigration to newly arrived Irish immigrants.
- Irish Association of Toronto
This association acts as a meeting point and support outlet for Irish immigrants in the Toronto area.
- Ireland - Canada Chambers of Commerce
The parent website of the six Ireland Canada Chambers of Commerce located in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
- St Patrick’s Society of Montreal
This organisation provides assistance and advocates on behalf of Irish immigrants in the Montreal area.
- Irish Women's Network of BC
The 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.
- Irish in Vancouver
The Irish in Vancouver facebook page and website supports and connects all Irish in the Lower Mainland with a particular focus on new arrivals, and provides information and networking opportunities with members of the community.
Vancouver Irish Business & Enterprise (VIBE) was established to help connect Irish business people and friends of the Irish Community in Vancouver. They meet the last Friday of each month for networking purposes.
- Your local regional GAA Club
Clubs can be found in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. The website for the GAA in Canada is www.canada.gaa.ie
- The Consulate General of Ireland in New Zealand:www.ireland.co.nz
- 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 www.facebook.com/irishpeoplelivinginnewzealand
- 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 http://europegaa.eu/
- The Irish in Europe Association has a network of Chapters around Europe and aims to help Irish people living and working in Europe. See http://irishineurope.org/
- European Irish connects people interested in Irish culture and activities around Europe. See http://www.europeanirish.com/
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
- Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers
The 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: www.ciic-usa.org/whoweare_findcenter.html
- Aisling Irish Community Center (New York)
Established in 1996, the Aisling Center's main principle is to assist Irish immigrants in their transition to life in the USA. They are based in Yonkers. Website: www.aislingcenter.org
- Chicago Irish Immigrant Support
An immigration and social services provider serving the Irish community of Chicago and beyond with senior, legal, pastoral, student and J1 programmes. Website: www.irishchicago.org
- Emerald Isle Immigration Centre (New York)
Providing 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: www.eiic.org
- Irish Immigration Center (Philadelphia)
A community hub for Irish emigrants in the Philadelphia and wider Delaware Valley. Website: www.icphila.org
- Irish International Immigrant Center (Boston)
Supporting Irish emigrants since 1989, the IIIC specializes in Learning Exchange programmes between Ireland and the USA and also offers immigration, advocacy, wellness and education services. Website: www.iiicenter.org
- Irish Pastoral Centre - Boston
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, IPC Boston offers 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: www.ipcboston.org
- Irish Immigration Pastoral Center - San Francisco
- Irish Outreach San Diego
A vibrant multi-service center focused on assisting Irish citizens, those of Irish ancestry, and Irish visitors (summer students) in San Diego. Website: www.irishoutreachsd.org
- New York Irish Center (New York)
The New York Irish Center 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: www.newyorkirishcenter.org
- Your regional GAA club
With over 130 adult and youth GAA clubs in the USA, find one near you at: www.northamericangaa.com
- Irish in Britain
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
Founded in 1954, to support the needs of thousands of newly-arrived Irish emigrants in London, the London Irish Centre (LIC) has developed into the largest Irish welfare and community organisation in Britain. Website: www.londonirishcentre.org
- Causeway Irish Housing Association
Causeway Irish Housing Association provides 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.
- The Aisling Project (Returning to Ireland)
Based in London the Aisling Project provides assistance to long-term emigrants by providing supported holidays in Ireland, helping to reconnect with friends and family and resettle in Ireland.
- Abu Dhabi Paddy.com 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 www.abudhabipaddy.com
- 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 http://international.gaa.ie/clubs/middle-east/
- 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 www.asiancountyboard.com
- 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 www.irishnetworkchina.com
- St. Patrick's Society Singapore organises regular events and welcomes recent Irish arrivals to Singapore. See http://stpatssingapore.com/
- Saint Patrick's Society Bangkok promotes the social and cultural interests of the Irish community in Thailand. See www.stpatricks.in.th
- The Kenya Irish Society is based in Nairobi, Kenya. See http://kenyairishsociety.org/
- 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 http://www.ireland.co.za/
- The SA Gaels were established in South Africa in 2010 and now have clubs in Johannesburg and Pretoria. See http://sa-gaels.co.za/
- The Irish Mashonaland Association is based in Zimbabwe and was founded in 1891. See The Irish Mashonaland Association on facebook
- The Hurling Club in Buenos Aires was established by descendants of Irish emigrants to Argentina. See www.hurlingclub.com.ar
- Irish in Argentina provides information to those living or travelling in Argentina. See https://irishinargentina.com and https://www.facebook.com/IrelandArgentina