The Irish Club
Restaurants - Brisbane, QLD
Situated in the heart of Brisbane City, The Irish Club offers guests the classic beauty of a heritage-listed function and events location.
The Association formally established on March 23rd 1898, following the resignation, “en Masse” of the members of the 6 companies of Queensland Irish volunteers in the Queensland Land Defence Force.
Ex-members of the volunteers combined with the H.A.C.B.S. to found the new Association and the inaugural secretary was Major P.J.Stephens, former commandant of the Irish volunteers.
Although there is no direct relationship the Association can be regarded as a descendant of the Queensland Hibernian Association which was founded in 1871 and the principles of the earlier Association are embodied in the the constitution of the Queensland Irish Association.
The Queensland Irish Association is the longest continuously operating national association in Queensland although its formation is pre-dated by that of the German club.
Growth has been steady although major setbacks were experienced with financial problems and declining membership during the World War and the depression.
Association policy has always been to support other organisations with Irish heritage or aspirations but also to be a strong supporter of co-operation with all national and ethnic associations.