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Labelled Irish ‘convicts’ by the British , the first 155 Irish people were deported from Ireland at County Cork, arriving in Sydney in 1791. A further 7,000 or so 'convicts' arrived during the remaining years of transportation which ended in 1868. Between 1840 & 1914, some 300,000 other Irish settlers migrated to Australia. Relatives and friends in Australia sponsored several of the assisted Irish immigrants, many of whom were single females. 

Brendan Nee becomes an Australian citizen on St Patrick's Day in 2011

Brendan Nee becomes an Australian citizen on St Patrick's Day in 2011

2011 Australian census

The 2011 Australian Census recorded 67,318 Ireland-born people in Australia, an increase of 34 per cent from the 2006 Census. New South Wales had the largest number with 21,919 followed by Victoria (14,588), Western Australia (14,296) and Queensland (10,901). This was the same year the Irish Economy collapsed and emigration the following year reached heights unseen since the late 1980's. 


perhaps What Irish & Australians have in common... 

It’s not that the Irish are cynical. It’s rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody
— Brendan Behan 1923-1964. Poet , Playwright & Author
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2018 irish migration drops  

After the collapse of the Celtic Tiger, 17,400 Irish people came to Australia. In 2018 that number dropped to 4,500 as Ireland edged closer to full employment. Irish unemployment fell to 4.4% in May 2019 compared to Australia's 5.2% for the same period.

Australian 'Anthem' written & performed by Irishman 

Mark Callaghan wrote the lyrics for this iconic Australian anthem. It's chorus 'This Is 'Aus tral i a ' is known by most Aussies. Mark told Celtic FM he wrote it as a poem while living in Kirribilli, a harbourside suburb of Sydney. It was a reflection of the impact living in Queensland made on him after leaving Blackrock College boarding school in South County Dublin. In 1984, Gangajang was short a song for a new album. One of the band members found the poem and, despite Mark's skepticism it would work as a song, the band persuaded him to give it a go. The rest as they say is history - Australian & Irish! 

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