Irish Australians have played a considerable part in the history of Australia. They came to Australia from the late 18th century as convicts but most were prisoners of war, mainly those who fought in the 1798 Irish rebellion for independence, and settlers who could not find a life during the Irish famine and the harsh years in Ireland afterwards. They contributed largely to Australia’s development in many different areas.
Australia and Ireland enjoy a strong bilateral relationship, with one in ten Australians claiming Irish descent:
Resident Australian population born in Ireland (2016 census) – 74,891
Australian residents of Irish descent (2016 census) – 2.39 million
The Irish Exiles are based in Melbourne. The Exiles compete in the annual World 9s and Harmony Cup in Melbourne.
If you are of Irish descent and keen to represent Ireland, please contact us.
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Founder, Team Ireland
Each Sunday us Irish girls went down to training and had the craic with everyone. The actual 9s Tournament was a fantastic day. Everything ran on time and everything was catered for. Although we won on the day I believe all us girls had already won before we played the tournament. We had won at meeting new people, kicking the footy and having a lot of fun each week. It was a bonus that us Irish girls walked away with the silverware. And to be presented with our medals by the one and only Ron Barassi was a moment we will never forget!