Céad Míle Fáilte – Karibu

Céad Míle Fáilte – Karibu – Welcome to the website of the Kenya Irish Society.

The Kenya Irish Society is an active and inclusive society for all Irish folk and their friends in Kenya to embrace, enjoy and promote Irish interests and culture. The society regularly holds exciting events in Kenya which are a great way to network and unwind. By joining the society you will find friendly advice and something fun and different to add to your events calendar. Find out more by browsing the About The Society pages in the menu.

AGM date change 4th June

AGM Notification

Owing to the availability of Committee Members, the date has had to move, it is now 4th June
It is that time of year to convene the Annual General Meeting of the Kenya Irish Society and we hereby notify all members that the meeting will take place on Saturday, June 4th at 4.00p.m. at the Grounds of St. Patrick’s on James Gichuru Road. (Please advise if you are not familiar with this location and we will share more detailed directions). The agenda for the meeting is below. Drinks and some snacks will also be served. We would be grateful if you can confirm you participation at the AGM via email to Kiseventconfirmation(at)gmail.com In the event that you cannot join the meeting then please advise accordingly. The committee has hosted some great events over the past year so please take the time to attend this meeting. If you may be interested in being part of the committee for the 2016-17, please do let myself or other members of the committee know as there are a number of departures from the current committee including the Chairperson.

Annual General Meeting of the Kenya Irish Society



Date:                           Saturday, June 4th

Arrival Time:           From 3.30 p.m.

Meeting Time:          4.00 p.m.

Venue:                        St. Patrick’s Grounds, James Gichuru Road, Lavington, Nairobi




  1. Confirmation of the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
  2. Matters arising
  3. Chair’s report
  4. Financial report and approval of the accounts
  5. Current Bank Accounts & Signatories
  6. Appointment of auditors in accordance with Rule 12 (a)
  7. KIS – the Way Forward
  8. Such other matters as the committee may decide or as to which notice shall have been given in writing by a full member or full members to the Secretary at least 14 days before the date of the meeting.
  9. Election of Office Bearers and Committee Members for 2015/2016
  10. Any other business with the approval of the Chairperson.


  1. The quorum for any General Meeting of the Society shall not be less than twenty of the registered paid up full members and Honourable Life Members of the Society (Rule 9 (e)

St Patrick’s Day Happenings

St. Patrick’s Day is almost with us so time to send you a final reminder of the Kenya Irish Society celebrations taking place along with some other notices that I have been asked to share.

Kenya Irish Society is hosting two events this year – the Ball on March 19th and the Tara Trophy on March 21st.

St. Patrick’s Day is almost with us so time to send you a final reminder of the Kenya Irish Society celebrations taking place along with some other notices that I have been asked to share.

Kenya Irish Society is hosting two events this year – the Ball on March 19th and the Tara Trophy on March 21st.

2016 Irish Ball

There are still some tickets remaining for the Ball so please extend an invite to other friends and colleagues so that we can have a full-house again this year and raise more money for the various charities. We will have a sit down four course meal at the Hilton with a drinks reception starting from 6.30. We have a traditional band – Loki who will be performing during the reception and encouraging us to do some Irish dancing early in the night. They will be followed by Calabash and a DJ – so be sure to wear your dancing shoes. Jameson, Baileys and Guinness have been generous with their drinks sponsorship once again and we have a great set of prizes for the raffle. Thanks to Jo Troulan we have an Irish Rugby Jersey signed by the 2015 6 Nations winning team to auction. Tickets are 7500KSh and available via email to skegordon(at)gmail.com The Hilton is also offering rooms at 11,500 including breakfast for a double or a single on the night.

Tara Trophy

The 79th Tara Trophy will be played at Karen Club on Monday, March 21st and the registration response has been very positive to date. There are a few places still remaining but registration will close on Wednesday, March 16th at 5.00 p.m. The pin positions will be the same as Sunday’s final round of the Kenya Open so a great challenge. The Entry Fee will be Ksh 2,500, which includes Golf and Dinner and non-golfers are also welcome to join dinner (1500Ksh). The traditional musicians will also perform. For Entries or additional information contact Rina Hanrahan 0722-519722 rina(at)hanrahan.co.ke or Tom Hopkins 0702-863748 hopkinstg(at)gmail.com

An Irish Society Garden party will take place later in April when there is not as many events on the social calendar – more information in early April.

Other celebratory events taking place this week include:

Thursday, March 17th Evening Event with Brew Bistro and James in conjunction with the Irish Embassy
A celebration of feeling Irish with Brew Bistro and Jameson in conjunction with the Irish Embassy at the Brew Bistro Rooftop Venue at Fortis Tower, Westlands, Nairobi – check out the location on google maps. The event will kick off from 7.30 and will include music by the traditional Irish band – Loki, who will be visiting from Ireland for St. Patrick’s day. See attached flyer for more details.

March 15th to March 19th Celebrating St Patrick’s Day at the Curragh Irish Pub and Bistro
Celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day at the Curragh Irish Pub and Bistro at the Race Course on Ngong Road will stretch throughout the week beginning on Tuesday, March 15th with a whisky tasting from 7.30, Thursday, March 17th – traditional Irish favorites to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day itself, and live music and green beer on Friday, March, 18th and Saturday, March 19th. The final round of the 6 Nations rugby will also be showing on Saturday from 5.30 p.m. Contact Eric Barry 0n 0724902068 for more information and check out the attached flyer.

March 17th and 19th at Kengeles in Lavington Green
Kengeles will be hosting their annual celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17th so you are invited to drop by to Lavington Green. They will also be hosting the final round of the 6 Nations Rugby on Saturday with the first games starting at 5.30 p.m. The Ireland – Scotland game at 8.00 p.m. and the French-England game at 11.00 p.m.

The Mercantile on Marula Lane in Karen celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th
The team at the Marula Mercantile in Karen will be celebrating during the day and evening on Thursday, March 17th with a special menu. Please see attached flyer.

The Internations Organization in Nairobi are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the Kempinski on Wednesday, March 16th – check out their website if you are interested learning more about this event –https://www.internations.org/nairobi-expats

So lots to choose from!
Whatever you decide to do this week, we wish you a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Kenya Irish Society Committee.
“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh!


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79th Tara Golf Trophy (updated)

Please note that the date of the Tara Trophy has moved from that previously shown here.

The Tara Trophy is now confirmed for Karen Club on Monday March 21st. Rina Hanrahan is taking reservations for the event – golf plus dinner is 2500 and non-golfing members of the society are welcome to join dinner for 1500KSh. Please contact Rina Hanrahan or Tom Hopkins if you want to have any more information:



Entries close Wednesday the 16th March ‘16


Karen C Club – Monday 21st March 2016 (PM)

1. An 18 hole Stableford Competition open to all golfers holding a valid CONGU or other internationally recognised handicap.

2. Yellow Tees for men and Green Tees for women

3. Two separate competitions for KIS members and Guests. Only paid up members of KIS are eligible to win the Tara Trophy.

4. No player may win more than 1 prize (Other than Nearest the Pin & Longest Drive)

5. Prizes:

KIS Members First, Second, Third,

Guests First, Second, Third

Best 9’s

Nearest the Pin – ladies and men

Longest Drive – ladies and men

6. Entry Fee: Ksh 2,500, which includes Golf, Dinner

Competition Committee:

Rosemary Dolan, Tom Hopkins, Rina Hanrahan


Annual Irish Ball

Plans are well underway for the Annual Irish Ball to be held at the Hilton Hotel on Saturday, March 19th  and the date is approaching quickly. We are pleased to offer tickets for the Ball to members of the Irish Community from today with first priority over the next week. From Feb 20th, tickets will be on sale to the wider community. The Ball is our biggest fund raising event so tickets will be 7500KSh once again this year. Please contact Sharon Gordon at skegordon(at)gmail.com  to reserve tickets. We have round tables which can accommodate 10 guests or 11 at a squeeze and you are welcome to book a whole table or to just book as a couple or a group and we will combine you with others to complete the table of 10. Ticket payments can be made to our KIS Society MPESA Account through the Till Number 89665 or via cheque to a member of the committee. Please note that demand for tickets is high and  your Ball tickets will only be confirmed once payment has been made. If you are interested in helping with the Ball please get in touch.

Christmas Carols (Updated 13 Dec)

Our remaining event for 2015 is the Christmas Carols – an event which was started by John and Jean Duffy a few years back. We are delighted to say that Our Ambassador, Vincent O’Neill and his wife Bróna have offered to host the carols on Monday, December 21st starting from 6.00 p.m. The venue will be the Irish Ambassador’s Residence at 3 Mua Park Road, Muthaiga. Please see map using the link https://www.google.com/maps/@-1.2616231,36.8399382,15z. Please confirm your interest in joining this carol event no later than Wednesday, December 16th (4.00 p.m.) by email to kenyairishsociety(at)gmail.com as only registered participants will be permitted entry.

All participants should be paid up members of the Society so if you haven’t already paid your fees, please do so via Mpesa to Till number 89665. If you are not sure if you paid your membership at the Garden Party, Tara Trophy or AGM then please email the same address to check.  Annual membership fees are a bargain price of 1000 for individuals, 1500 for couples or family and 700 for members of the religious orders and membership for this year runs from March/April 2015 to March/April 2016.

Christmas Party 2015

Colette Byrne, poet, who read some of WB Yeats poetry at the lunch

Colette Bryce, award winning poet, read some of WB Yeats poetry at the lunch to commemorate 150 year anniversary of his birth.

The annual Kenya Irish Society Christmas Party was held on Saturday the 5th of December in the Muthaiga Club. It was a wonderful day, the rain held off, and over ninety adults and children had a Christmas feast of turkey, ham and and all the trimmings.

With the help of the Irish Embassy, we were delighted to have Colette Bryce, an award winning poet from Derry, who helped us celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats.

And Santa Claus even made time in his busy schedule to drop by and give some presents to all the children who have been good this year.

Photos after the link

Kenya Irish Society: Ireland versus the Rest of the World

93 golfers in 22 teams descended on Karen Country Club on Friday, November 27th to represent their countries in the Kenya Irish Society’s “Ireland versus the Rest of the World” golf competition. The weather smiled on the organizing committee with blue skies and not a hint of the persistent rain of earlier in the week. The course was in excellent condition and Karen Club F&B put on a splendid spread of food upstairs in the cocktail lounge in the evening. KIS are extremely grateful to Pernod Ricard for their continuing support in the sponsoring of this and other events held by the society.

The main prize of the night the “Ireland versus the Rest of the World” trophy went to the Rest of the World with the trophy accepted on their behalf by the leading rest of the world team Iceland. A selection of photos from the evening is below.


1st Team: Iceland 96 points (J Getty, T Debusson, V Debusson, E Khayo)

2nd Team: Ireland 93 points (P Walsh, E Murphy, A Campbell, P Hirst)

3rd Team: France 92 points (G Recizac, A Recizac, B Raymakers, G Suter)

1st Individual: F Kirinya 37 points

2nd Individual: G Suter 36 points






2015 KIS Grants – Solar Panels for Eastlands College of Technology

The Kenya Irish Society provided a grant of 140,000KES to the Strathmore Educational Trust (Eastlands College of Technology) to assist in the installation of Solar Panels so that lighting could be provided at the College of Technology. This will help the primary school children and the underprivileged youth that attend the college.

Over the first two weeks of July 2015 a team comprising Electronics students form the college as well as students from Xabec Technical college in Spain worked to complete the project. At the end, five solar panels were installed on the roof and were connected to the inverters and batteries to provide lighting.

In total, over 250 children and youth who attend the college will benefit from the completion of this work.


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Remembrance Day Wreath Laying

Jack O’Regan, Treasurer, laid a wreath on behalf of the Kenya Irish Society, at the Remembrance Day Service at the Ngong Road Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. The service was held on Sunday 8th November.

Vincent O’Neill, the Irish Ambassador, also laid a wreath during the ceremony.









KIS 2014 grant for Desks in Gatoto Primary School


In 2014, one of the successful applicants for KIS Grant funding was the Gatoto Integrated Development Programme and Gatoto Primary school in Imara Daima, Nairobi. The funding request was for the purchase of desks as the increasing size of the intake of students had placed severe strain on all essential school resources, including desks.

Following the awarding of the grant, the school worked through issues like the escalating price of timber in Nairobi to secure a reasonable pricing with good quality and achieved their goal of twenty new desks.

Have a look at the pictures below.

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