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) 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) or Tom Hopkins 0702-863748 hopkinstg(at)

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 –

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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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)  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 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


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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All Ireland Football Final 20/9/15

Venue Curragh Pub, Ngong Racecourse

For those of you who want to watch the All Ireland Football Final between Kerry and Dublin, it is being shown in the Curragh Pub at the Ngong Racecourse, on Sunday 20th September, Throw in is at 17:30 Nairobi time.

Note that this is not a Society Event.

2015 KIS Grants Awarded

This year, The Kenya Irish Society disbursed 2,000,000 KSh between 16 worthy projects. The cheques were handed over as part of the Society’s AGM, held on 16th May at Noelle O’Briens home, in front of over 50 attendants.

The grants were awarded to:

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.