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Heather Deighan
Chairperson
    • Born in Belfast yet lived most of her life in the lee of Benevenagh mountain
    • brings to the AIHA experience in Business, Scholarship and Therapeutic Practice. before migration as a business migrant in 1990.
    • A lifelong passion is her interest in oral history and how a person experiences, their unique spirituality of person in place, space and time.
    • She is known for her approachability, warmth, hospitality and love of conversation and storytelling.
    Tony Bray
    Secretary
      • Born in Trim, Co Meath, Ireland Tony came to Australia with wife Cecilia in 1979. They have 3 sons.
      • He has been involved in Perth Irish community organisations since 1981
      • Honorary life member of The Irish Club and The Irish Theatre Players
      • Recipient of the Brendan Award with Cecilia.
      Patricia Bratton
      Treasurer
        • A native of Armagh, educated Sacred Heart Convent.
        • Emigrated to Australia with Denis and daughters, Deirdre and Ailsa.
        • Served several years in a voluntary capacity as Treasurer of Swimming WA, Tuart Hill Swimming Club, Amelia Heights Scout Group and currently The Claddagh Association Inc and Australian Irish Heritage Association WA Inc
        • A Life Member of Swimming WA and Tuart Hill Swimming Club.
        • Australian Sports Medal in 2000, Commemorating Australian Sporting Achievement.
        Denis Bratton
        Immediate Past Chairperson
          • Born Armagh City, educated Christian Brothers Grammar School
          • GAA Harps member and player – represent the County and Province
          • Ordinance Survey UK
          • Emigrated to Australia with Patricia and 2 daughters
          • Photogrammetrist – Aerial Mapping Surveyor
          • Graduated Bed and embarked on a teaching career
          • Inaugural Committee of GAA in WA – Treasurer and Secretary and Player
          • Joined AIHA in 1996 as Treasurer and later as President for 11 years
          • Life member Tuart Hill Swimming Club
          • Co-recipient of Brendan Award with my wife Patricia
          • Life Member of Australian Irish Heritage Association WA Inc
          Gayle Lannon
          Committee Member
            • Born in Dublin, came to Perth in 1971 with my late husband. I have three adult children and five grandchildren.
            • Worked in Childcare and the Union Movement until retirement in 2016.
            • Always been interested in social justice and believe in contributing to society where I can.
            • Have been involved at the committee level in various organisations from The Lions and Women’s Learning Centres to currently being a member of the local Repair Cafe.
            Julie Breathnach-Banwait
            Committee Member
              • Julie is a native of Ceantar na n-Oileán, Connemara, Co Galway. She moved to Perth more than a decade ago with her family.
              • She is a mother, psychologist and an award winning published poet in the Irish language. Her poetry has been published in An Gael (New York)
              • Tíntean (Melbourne), Comhar Literary magazine in Dublin as well as on idler.ie. She released her debut collection  (Dánta Póca) with Coiscéim in 2020.
              • She brings to the Association a passion for the promotion of language and literature.
              Peter Canole
              Committee Member
                • Born in Fremantle, WA – with County Clare ancestry dating back to the early 1700s.
                • Former transport and bank clerk; graduate of the University of WA; tutor at the University of Queensland; public servant in WA.
                • A historian for pleasure rather than profit: has written books and many articles for journals published in Australia, Britain and Europe.
                Gill Kenny
                Committee Member
                  • A native of Cork, she moved to Australia with her husband and two children in 2010
                  • She is a mother, writer, PR professional and reflexologist
                  • She brings a love of Irish culture and a passion for the written word to the AIHA
                  • She is committed to ensuring that all Irish immigrants have an opportunity to find connection with their heritage here in WA through the events we organise