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Colin Merrey Book Reviews Jan/Feb 2016
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:45
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Hello, and welcome to the New Year’s book reviews. I trust you all had a good festive season and celebrated it in a fashion completely acceptable to yourselves. I know I did – I did a lot of reading and the results of this can be seen by my scribblings below! I have also held over one or two books this issue to add to the list for the March April addition as I will be on holidays for a while in January.

So without further ado, I’ll continue with my favourite booksellers - don’t forget that if you should have problems finding a good new- or second hand bookseller, you can try any/all of the following –
For new books, you can’t go wrong with Corona Books shop at Warwick Shopping Centre – ask for Mark – he is extremely helpful with any book queries and orders you may need assistance with.
Also, Stefen’s Books in Shafto Lane in Perth City. Stefen is very helpful and a good supporter of the Irish Scene.
Dymocks at Whitford City – ask for Tracey (and other locations throughout the State and Metropolitan Area)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 January 2016 05:31 )
Irish Club of Western Australia has a New menu and Chef!!!
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 00:00
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Drop into The Irish Club of WA
61 Townshend Road, Subiaco
New Chef Sharon of Hetty's Scullery has a great new menu.
Try the Pie and Pint on Thursday, Great Value!
New President Sean Daly will give you a great welcome!
Happy Days are here again for the Irish Community in WA

Mary Black "The Last Call" Australian Tour 1916
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 00:00
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MARY BLACK  “The Last Call” Australian Tour 2016 – Astor Theatre Perth
Tuesday March 8, 2016
Doors open: 7:00pm / Show Commences 8

Tue 8 March - Astor Theatre, Perth WA
Thu 10 March - Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW
Sat 12 & Sun 13 March - Port Fairy Folk Festival VIC
Tue 15 March - QPAC, Brisbane QLD
Wed 16 March - The Capri Theatre, Adelaide SA
Thu 17 March - The Forum, Melbourne VIC
Sat 19 & Sun 20 March - Blue Mountains Folk Festival NSW

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 December 2015 05:09 )
Live Irish Music Sessions in Perth
Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00
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Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement between Ireland and Australia
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00
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Ireland and Australia have a reciprocal health care agreement (RHCA) that entitles visitors from Ireland to Australia to receive medically necessary treatment as public inpatients or outpatients in Australian public hospitals, on the same terms as Australian residents (i.e free of charge). Medically necessary treatment means and ill-health or injury which occurs while the individual is in Australia and requires treatment before they return home.

Cover is provided for the duration of the visitor’s approved stay in Australia. Under the RHCA, eligible victors are also entitled to subsidised pharmaceuticals under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), where these are prescribed by a private medical practitioner. Note that the RHCA does not include eligibility for Medicare benefits for out-of-hospital services including treatment provided by doctors in private practice.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:49 )
Colin Merreys Latest Book Reviews
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 00:00
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See under Main Menu: Book and CD Reviews 

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Who lived in your Irish Home in 1901 and 1911?
Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00
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What information does the Census contain?
Ireland is unusual among English-speaking census-taking countries in that our original household manuscript returns survive. These are the forms filled out and signed by the head of each household on census night. Most other countries only have Enumerators' books, where family details were transcribed by the person charged with collecting the census information.
The basic topographical divisions for the census are: County; District Electoral Division; Townland or Street. This is a simple hierarchical structure which makes it easy to access any area in the country. The returns are arranged in clusters by townland/street within district electoral division within county. For each townland/street, there are a number of original household returns, filled in and signed by heads of households, and three statistical returns, dealing with religious denominations, classification of buildings, and out-offices and farm-steadings, filled out by the Enumerator for that townland/street.

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Visit the Embassy of Ireland website
Saturday, 18 June 2011 00:00
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Welcome from Ambassador Máirtín Ó Fainín
"Visit our Embassy of Ireland website. The main menu is on the left of this page but we have quicklinks on the right covering some of our most frequently asked questions.
On the opening page you can click on links to websites of other Irish government offices in Australia: our Consulate in Sydney,  Enterprise Ireland, the Industrial Development Authority, and  Tourism Ireland which promotes travel to the island of Ireland".

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 November 2011 03:13 )
Irish Connections....
Monday, 26 September 2011 00:00
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Want to know more about your past? The new Documenting Ireland – Parliament, People, Migration (DIPPAM) website may help. Created as a joint partnership between the University of Ulster, Queens University Belfast, the Centre for Migration Studies (Omagh) and Libraries Northern Ireland, it focuses on the history of Ireland and its migration from 19th century to the present day.
The 1798 Flag of Ireland...
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 00:00
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Give your loved ones a gift of Irish History...
The Green Flag of Ireland...
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The History of this Flag
The Young Ireland rebellion of 1848 was quite a small affair and the tricolour flag was largely forgotten until the twentieth century.

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Whats On In Perth
Thursday, 16 July 2009 04:48
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Your One Stop Guide to regular and Special Events happening in Town!
Over the next months we will be adding and updating this page and keep
you informed of whats happening around town and the state.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 June 2011 01:22 )
Can you help Mia to help others?
Sunday, 10 November 2013 00:00
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On 15-16 March, 2014 Mia Ruane be participating in a very special event called The Weekend to End Women's Cancers™ benefiting the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR).

Mia will walk 60 kilometres in two days and sleep out with thousands of other women and men. The proceeds will support breast and gynaecologic cancers research, treatment, and services.

Mia has committed to raising at least $2,000, but she has set my personal goal at $3,000 so she needs your help.
More info can be found on the web site:

People can use the link at the bottom of this email to visit Mia's site and make an online donation of support.

Mia thanks you in advance for your help!

Click here to donate:


Queensland & Western Australia launch information booklet for new arrivals
Monday, 13 May 2013 00:32
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New information booklet has been published to assist Irish emigrants planning a move to Queensland and Western Australia.
It contains information on visas, housing, schools, healthcare, tax, employment and visas, as well as detailed estimates of living costs in the region and a list of useful contacts. 
IASAQ and the Claddagh Association are part of the LINK network of Irish welfare organisations in Australia. 
The IASAQ Welcome to Brisbane guide can be downloaded here. Brisbane
The Western Australia Claddagh Association information booklet can be downloaded here: Perth
Last Updated ( Monday, 13 May 2013 01:15 )
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