Cead Mile Failte! Welcome!

The Deutsch-Irische Gesellschaft e.V. in Bonn is a society of people with the mutual goal

to promote contacts between Irish and German in a European context.


To impart

the knowledge about

  • Irish culture
  • History and
  • Society

beyond the stereotype of folklore and pubculture and to give insights to current developments of the modern Ireland.

It is political neutral but not apolitical.

Once again we were to optimistic with our event planning for the 1. half year 2021. And so were were forced to cancel all the planned events for this 1. half year. But we are optimists and we hold our ground.

Therefore we have forced an event planning for the 2. half year 2021, hoping that it may be possible to commence gradually the culture life (and so ,too, our club life) from July on.

We have composed a wide-ranging offer of events. With lectures about the newest Irish history, the change of social life on the island since 2000, the economic development between the Republic of Ireland and Germany, the post-Brexit time and also a lecture about the newest literary developments in women literature in Ireland.

But the highlight and concurrently the backbone of the 2. half year event planning cycle will be the exhibition of photographs of the playwright John Millington Synge. This photographs, that he made in the beginning of the 20th century, give a view to the life an being of the ordinary people in the Wicklow mountains and in the western parts of Ireland, the Aran Islands and around Galway. This exhibition will be presented from Friday, 3. September, up to Sunday, 28. November 2021. Hereto we organize an opening event on Friday, 3. September. There will be told something about the work and life  of J.M. Synge and also lectures from his works and a guidance through the exhibition. The irish ambassador to Germany, S. E. Nicholas O´Brien, has promised his coming. The large-sized photographs will be presented in the foyer of the Haus des evangelischen Verwaltungsverbandes in Bonn (evb), at Adenauerallee 37, close to the Library of the University of Bonn. It we be viewed to the office opening times, Monday to Thursday, 09:00 – 16:00, Friday from 09:00 -13:00. A guidance for groups from 10 persons on can be arranged by special enrollment. Details later. At beginning/end of November there will be arranged additionally four events, accompanying themed with the exhibition (two lectures, two movies).

From this year all our events take place in the evb. Only the event, that we are execute together with our friends from the Partnerverein Köln-Cork will take place in Cologne. This will be, of sure, the event that will be  moat likely endangered by corona restrictions, because it is planned for the 15. July..

Espacially we are pleased of acquiring again some prestigious referents.

Of sure there ist are one or two events (maybe all of them) are as interesting for you, that you want tol visit them. Don’t hold back. All of them, who want to come, are welcomed and are invited in this way.

Now here  the event calendar  for the 2. half year of 2021:

Announcement of the Launch of the GIC Hub

Dia daoibh and Hello dear community member,

 It is a pleasure to inform you of a new German Irish community platform, the GIC Hub.

The platform is an initiative of the German Irish Council (GIC), an umbrella group formed under the patronage of the Irish Ambassador to Germany H.E. Nicholas O’Brien, as an advisory and support body for all German Irish societies, Clubs, Networks & Organisations active throughout the Bundesländer.

Aligned with the objectives of Ireland Diaspora Policy, our role is to foster greater collaboration within our community by facilitating the exchange of information, the promotion of events and to support the endeavours of existing and new groups.

The GIC Hub is the online home of the Council. It has been conceived as a single source of information on our community groups and its launch is an important development in bringing us together in one place

It comprises a central news feed where community groups are invited to share information on initiatives and events, a comprehensive directory with links to their homepages and/or social media sites & a complementary bundle of online courses to explore and broaden outlook.

All members of the German Irish community and those with an affinity to Ireland are encouraged to enrol by way of this Enrolment Link https://bit.ly/2ZzNxI1 and to choose a personal password for hub access via the Login Link https://bit.ly/32moOtN

The platform and courses are provided courtesy of Olive Group who will maintain the site, the directory of community groups, and add to the course offering in the course of time. We would be grateful if you could enrol and review the directory on the GIC Hub and advise of any inclusions that you may wish regarding the link(s) to your website or social media sites.

It is our wish to provide administrator rights to nominated persons within each club/group to enable them to post to the platform’s news feed. In this respect could we request you to nominate two representatives of your group and we will provide them with administrator status once enrolled.

This launch of the GIC Hub will be announced in the next edition of The Irish Embassy’s “Das Irische Monatsbuch”. As the platform is already live, could we also request you to inform your members via your internal communication channels and/or your web/social media sites. A brief message would suffice encouraging them to enrol on the platform via the enrolment link https://bit.ly/2ZzNxI1 . I have taken the opportunity to attach a German & English banner that you may choose to accompany text.

I thank you for your consideration of the above. The German Irish Council looks forward to uniting all community groups on the GIC Hub and to supporting your endeavours in whatever way we can. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email should you require further information in respect to this.

I look forward to your response.

Slán und best regards

Yours sincerely

Peter Dietsch (Member GIC Board)

President Deutsch-Irische Gesellschaft e.V.

E-Mail: dietsch@deirge-bonn.de

The German Irish Council

Newsletter 2020

Like every year in our Newsletter, we have in our Newsletter 2020, too, an interesting review on the activities in 2019 and an exciting lookout on our year of events 2020. With the highlight of the great project around the irish playwright John Millington Synge in May.

Newsletter 2020:  click here

The corona pandemic has left behind skid marks, too in the club life of our society. So all events in March, April and May had to be cancelled. And too the planned excursion to UNO City of Bonn at the beginning of September had to be scrubbed.

As a little substitution a “Water-level report Corona Ireland and more” (“Wasserstandsmeldung Corona Irland und mehr”)  was send out and will be send out at least up to September while this time. With the latest Corona-data and other interesting news from Ireland.

The sending out of  the “Water-level report Corona Ireland and more” (“Wasserstandsmeldung Corona Irland und mehr”) was restarted and will be continued.

In the second half of the year 2021 we want to dare a new start with our events, fitted with the modified framework conditions.

But there is still to swallow a pill in our club life: From Januar 2021 on the representative rooms of the Oxford Club Bonn are no longer available for our events. 

But the board has found an alternative location nearby the old one. The board has presented it at the members annual general assembly in September, 17th. It is the Haus des Evangelisches  Verwaltungsverbandes  in Bonn, Adenauerallee 37, 53113 Bonn.