New DVD Available Now - The Irish in Australia

New DVD Available Now - The Irish in Australia

'It's probably the best place to be in the world right now' - Rick O'Kelly from Crossmaglen gave this verdict after only two months in Melbourne. 

Rick is one of the hundreds of 'new Irish' who have left Ireland for the land of opportunity and fun. He got a job almost immediately as a roofer and plays Gaelic Football for Melbourne Wolfe Tones. 

Rick's story is one of many of a new DVD borne out of a whirlwind 3-week tour of three major cities - Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane - by web video journalist Jerome Quinn. In all, the double DVD contains 58 interviews and 41 video reports. 

"There's something for everyone and anyone who has an interest in Australia on this DVD" says Jerome. "From Sonia O'Sullivan to racing trainer Robbie Kingston, and from the girls from Limerick and Offaly who have set up the newest Camogie club in the world to former Melbourne GAA President James Tully who emigrated 60 years ago, the DVD is packed full of interesting stories. 

"It's also a must for anyone thinking of going out there because you'll get a first-hand account of what life is like for Irish people. I've interviewed hairdressers, roofers, lawyers, nurses and even a pilot from Ireland".

The role of the GAA in helping Irish people settle and prosper in Australia is fully explored on the DVD, with the network of connections through sport being a constant and reliable resource to the emigrants. 

Perhaps the most fascinating example is found at the Penrith Gaels Social Club where a group of Belfast folk left the Troubles behind 40 years ago and recreated a slice of home on the other side of the world. 

Coming right up-to-date, the vibrant young Irish descending on all of the Australian cities are bringing a commendable level of enthusiasm and drive to the GAA. Australian GAA Secretary Gerard Roe praises their efforts in helping Brisbane's Gaelic Park bounce back from devastating floods in time for the 2011 Australasia Games in October, while pioneering efforts by New South Wales GAA in local schools is the subject of a special report. 

"I met some terrific characters along the way", says Jerome. "I found an Aussie referee in Brisbane, I followed the Tyrone people behind the Cormac McAnallen's GAA club, and I went behind the scenes at AFL clubs with the new breed of young GAA stars starting to make it big". 

Sponsors of the DVD include Furnished Property, Magners Irish Cider, Taste Ireland, PJ O'Briens and Durty Nellys. 


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Antrim - Eoghan Quinn, Niall McKeever, Gerard Roe, Tommy Gallagher, Sean Grieve, Brendan Grieve 

Armagh - Niall Reel, Rick O'Kelly 

Cavan - Jamie Fitzsimons

Cork - Maria Twomey, Elaine Kerr, Jaime O'Donovan, Sonia O'Sullivan, Joan O'Flynn 

Derry - Chris McKaigue 

Down - Leanne Cunningham, Maria Keenan, Dermot Fearon, Jamie O'Reilly

Dublin - Sean Memery

Fermanagh - Mark Murphy 

Galway - Tommy Moran 

Laois - Zach Tuohy

Limerick - Roisin Brouder

Longford - Cara Connaire

Louth - Robbie Kingston

Mayo - Heather Jordan, Jason Powers 

Meath - Wayne Reilly, Claire Cunningham, Edwina Rushe, Paul Tighe, James Tully 

Offaly - Orla Carey

Tipperary - Eamon Fitzpatrick, Seamus Moloughney

Tyrone - Lisa McCullagh, Cathy Hughes, Fergal McCauley, Liam O'Hara, Eamon Eastwood, Una McKay, Barry Devine 

Waterford - Evelyn O'Brien 

Wexford - Colm Gahan


Brisbane - Matt McDonald, Steve Grunden, John Cronin, Amber Murray

Canada - Amy Lynch 

Melbourne - David Neil, Ger Sholly

Sydney - Rekkha Moka & 3 school children 

Total - 58 (from 20 counties) 

Watch more Penrith Gaels Video footage or some Australia - Melbourne Video or check out more GAA Videos from around the grounds.

Got an upcoming GAA match or event that you'd like to film? To capture all the action & magic, contact Jerome Quinn NOW!