Brendan Behan and Theodorakis “laughing boy”

Written in honour of Irish revolutionary hero
Michael Collins, Brendan Behan’s song The laughing boy’, or
‘To gelasto paidi’ in its Greek translation, has come to
stand for various Greek historical figures and events and is
one of the most recognised songs of the last
40 years in Greece

An Post, Ireland's postal service, launched a
 stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of Behan's death
 on March 20 (Photo: An Post)

An Post, Ireland’s postal service, launched a
stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary

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Looking after third age in Ireland

Seniors Alert Scheme

This scheme, which has been advertised on the radio recently, is government-funded, and offers peace of mind to people aged over 65 who know that if they have a fall or need help with anything, assistance is just the press of a button away.

The purpose of the scheme is to enable older people to continue to live in their home with independence and confidence by providing them with a free personal monitored alarm. The alarm can be worn as a pendant or around the wrist like a watch. When pressed, it connects wirelessly to a base unit, usually attached to a phone. The base unit immediately sends a call to a 24 hour monitoring unit. 

The scheme is administered locally by community and voluntary groups from the local area. Further information is also available from Pobal at

If you would like further information about this scheme, let us know, and we’ll pass on contact information.

News from “Medecins sans frontieres”

In 2016 alone, MSF carried out in Greece:
• 54,200 outpatient consultations
• 8,100 individual mental health consultations
• 650 group mental health sessions

I would invite you to look at page 44 of our activity report for the most up to date information on our work in Greece.

You can also find further information on our website here:

Information about Credit card payments

Dear parents, members and friends of the Hellenic Community of Ireland,

We have the pleasure to inform you that registration for the Greek Language
( modern and ancient ) courses for children and adults can be made online at following the link :

The annual manual registration and membership can also be made following the equivalent link:

We hope that the online registration facility will simplify and improve the registration process. If you have any queries or require any further information, please contact the board or the school committee of the Hellenic Community at or

Thank you

Greek Culture

I is not possible to appraise Greek Culture a a whole, through a computer screen.
Nevertheless, being aware of the force and the potentialities of new technologies, we tried to squeeze in this program the millennia of artistry, the centuries of outstanding art, the achievements of the human spirit, the routes on which the western civilization strobe in order to reach its current form.


Discover Greece

Schools to Remain Closed – Tuesday 17 October 2017

Schools to remain closed Tuesday 17 October, 2017

Following careful consideration by the National Emergency Coordination Group, the Department of Education and Skills, has decided that all schools will remain closed tomorrow.

This decision was primarily taken in the interests of child safety and on the basis of information available in what is a developing situation. While it is recognised that some schools may not be as badly impacted as others, the information available at this time indicates that over 350,000 businesses and homes are already without power, and severe winds continue to cause damage across the country as the storm progresses. Many regional and local roads are closed due to fallen trees.

It is also the case that school authorities will in very many cases not have had an opportunity to check their buildings and confirm they are safe, have power and water, and that routes to the school are safely open.

It is recognised that the decision to close schools will have a major impact on families and on the workforce. However, this decision has been taken in the interests of safety for children and to provide clarity for everyone concerned.

The President of the Republic addressed the people of Cyprus on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Cyprus



The President of the Republic addressed the people of Cyprus on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Cyprus, yesterday

Our side is ready for the immediate resumption of the negotiations on the Cyprus problem in accordance with the framework of the UN Secretary-General and the UN relevant resolutions, said the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, on 30 September 2017, in a televised address to the people of Cyprus on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Cyprus celebrated on 1 October.

In addition, President Anastasiades said, inter alia, that through hard and persistent efforts the direct participation of Turkey in a direct dialogue became for the first time possible, in order to end the unacceptable situation we are experiencing since 1974.

President Anastasiades also said that as a result of our strategy we managed to focus the discussion, for the first time in the history of the Cyprus problem, on the essence of the problem, which is none other than the security of the future state, the abolishment of the system of the system of guarantees, the termination of the dependence and guardianship, and the withdrawal of the occupation troops.

“It has to do with principled positions, which the UN Secretary General himself included in the framework of the six thematic units he submitted at the negotiations”, President Anastasiades added.

President further pointed out that «we have submitted realistic proposals which took into consideration the concerns of both communities», and which are based both on the framework of the UN Secretary-General and on the capacity of Cyprus as an EU and a UN member state.

“Despite statements to the contrary and repeated public commitments by Turkey for a positive response to the UN Secretary-General’s framework,” the President pointed out, “Turkey has instead adopted an inflexible stance, insisting on maintaining the Treaty of Guarantee, the rights of intervention and the permanent presence of troops.”

The President told the people of Cyprus that “I want to assure you that the new failure will not break us. The process for the Cyprus problem will be resumed and we will be ready to participate with the same fortitude and the same creativity.

It is for this reason that I conveyed to Mr Guterres our readiness for the immediate resumption of the negotiations, in accordance to his framework as well as in accordance to the UN relevant resolutions.

To this end, and in order to avoid a new failure, I gave emphasis on the need for a good preparation that will allow the new Conference to take place on solid ground”.

President Anastasiades also called on Turkey and in particular the Turkish Cypriots to understand that an agreement must be based on mutual respect without creating winners and losers.

In reference to the economy the President stated that the Government has managed to return Cyprus back to growth, registering one of the highest rates of growth in Europe for 2017, thereby creating the prospects for a more prosperous future.


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Greek culture night

Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation

Join the Hellenic Community of Ireland & the Greek Orthodox Community for a taste of Greek culture. Learn a Greek dance, communicate in Greek in our Greek school or visit the first Orthodox church in Ireland (the only Greek Orthodox church on the Island!)

Everyone welcome!

Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Address: 46 Arbour Hill, Dublin 7
When : Friday 22 Of September 2017