Projects & Publications
Responding to the Irish Community
The Claddagh Association responds to established and emerging need in the Irish community with special projects and publications foussed on advocacy, training, information-sharing and the celebration of Irish heritage in Western Australia.
The onset of COVID-19 led to a huge increase in queries from people experiencing difficulties with their :
- visa status
- travel exemption applications to return to Ireland
- and the citizenship process.
Claddagh hosted a series of booked-out Visa Clinics with a registered migration agent from May – July 2021 to respond to requests for support.from the Irish Community. Due to the success of these Visa Clinics Claddagh is now hosting ongoing quarterly visa clinics to provide expert migration advice. Check our events page here for details and booking.
The Claddagh Oral History project was initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020. It brought people together safely, at a time when they were at risk of more isolation and loneliness than ever before, to build connection between members of the Irish community in WA and celebrate and preserve our shared heritage. Read our oral history publication From Home to Home: Oral Histories of Irish Seniors in Western Australia, here.
Claddagh hosted these seminars for members of the Claddagh Seniors to empower them to stay in contact with family and friends in Ireland and around the world, through digital means. Check our events page here for details and booking.
Committee members from Claddagh and leaders from other Irish community organisations in Western Australia completed Mental Health First Aid Training to develop their skills in offering help to fellow community members who need mental health support. Check our events page here for details and bookings.
Demand for Claddagh’s services increased exponentially during the pandemic. Claddagh prepared infographics to provide clear, accurate, up to date information as quickly as possible to a wide audience and pro-actively respond to the disruption caused by the pandemic. you can read and download the infographics here.
Should I stay or should I go? It’s a question that every migrant asks themselves. The Returning to Ireland from Australia Project researched the issues that need to be considered and the practical information needed for a successful move back to Ireland and makes it all available on one webpage, here.
The Claddagh Association gathered feedback on the Irish Government’s Diaspora policy from the Irish community in Perth and submitted our findings to the Irish Government. You can read them here.