The Claddagh Association Inc. was established in Perth, Western Australia in 1997. A group of concerned members of the Irish community formed the support group in 1997 to assist Irish people in crisis. Two of the original members of this group still serve on our committee.
We are a voluntary, non-profit organisation with Gift Recipient Status. We aim to provide where possible, short term crisis support to people in the Irish community in times of hardship and trauma. We provide a safety net to assist people in crisis situations where all other avenues have been exhausted.
In recent years the association has experienced a significant increase in the number of referrals form the Irish Embassy in Canberra and from the Irish community on the ground in Western Australia. These referrals range from assisting the Embassy with the repatriation of bodies back to Ireland to visiting people in hospital or prison.
The committee consists of seven committee members. In addition Claddagh has a team of dedicated volunteers. All Claddagh work is carried out on a voluntary basis. Fundraising events throughout the year ensure continuity of available funds together with donations from individuals; Irish associations/groups and businesses whose generosity have kept the association with sufficient funds to carry out our mission.
The Claddagh Association Inc acknowledges assistance received annually from the Emigrant Support Program