History of the Australian Irish Heritage Association
The Australian-Irish Heritage Association was founded in 1993 as an inclusive organisation which encourages and promotes an awareness of Australia’s Irish Heritage and Culture. To this end, the AIHA creates opportunities for all to learn about, participate in and enjoy this distinctive heritage. The AIHA is incorporated on a constitutional basis.
The association was founded by the late Group Captain Joe O’Sullivan and launched via the Association’s First Journal -Volume 1, Number 1 in Autumn 1993.
The initial committee was Chaired by Joe O’Sullivan, President Dr Felix McKnight, Treasurer Sally Desmond, Barry Walsh, Barry O’Keeffe, Phillip O’Brien and Ed Pigott.
The Journal’s editorial set out the Goals and Objectives, “The Association is being established in response to a perception that many people of Irish descent or birth wish to be kept informed about their Irish heritage, a heritage which is not to be confined to the mother country’s but includes Irish-Australia’s. The Association’s aims will reflect this desire and will include a project to honour Australia’s Irish pioneers. This project will come to fruition in celebration of centenary of Federation.”