North Queensland Irish Association

The North Queensland Irish Association (NQIA) fosters community spirit and friendship through active involvement in the promotion of Irish culture and tradition in the Townsville area with regular social events that include music, song and dance.

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Regular Events

First Friday Friends of Guinness

The First Friday Friends of Guinness (FFFOG) is held on the First Friday of each month from 5pm till late at Molly Malone’s (City).

Friends of Guinness (FOGs) is about having a good social fun time with members and non-members having a laugh and some good craic after the working week is done.

Friends of Guinness attendees can be assured of discounted drinks, food platters (Finnegan’s), prizes and a good time.

Join for fun, friendship, fines and good craic. Your attendance counts towards eligibility for an end of year Keg party.

Remember to wear something GUINNESS related or be prepared to pay a fine.

All members and future members are most welcome and we look forward to seeing you on the first Friday of every month.

Check the events page for more details.

Irish Music Jam Sessions

They call it ” the craic “.
It’s an Irish word for fun .
You can find it at the second Saturday of the month Music Session.

It starts at 5pm at Molly’s with Celtic tunes and progesses into ballads and songs.

Get involved join in and sing your party song or play a tune or do a dance or recite a poem.
All welcome at Mollys.
Feel free to have a pint and a feed and a community catch up.
See you at the 2nd Sat of the month at Mollys.

Irish Trad Sessions

Traditional Irish music sessions, or trad sessions, are gatherings of musicians and singers who enjoy traditional Irish music.

They often gather at pubs and is one of the best ways for musicians and others to socialise. One would often see a range of instruments such as the fiddle, bodhran, flute, mandolin or banjo. Traditional instrumental tunes are often played, although singers also often sing some songs.

Trad sessions carry on the aural and oral tradition of Ireland and other celtic nations through the music and stories. 

Seisiùn ar an Deic

Seisiùn ar an Deic is a (mostly) weekly session where musicians get together to play traditional celtic music.

Musicians of all levels are welcome (as long as there is basic knowledge of the instrument) and all are encouraged to bring new tunes or songs to share.

Seisiùn ar an Deic has grown in the last year, attracting musicians from Cairns, Brisbane area and Melbourne.

Info on dates are posted on the Facebook Group or email. If you are interested in joining the page or mailing list, email Sabrina at Slàinte!

Meet Our Board

darren pierce

Co-Vice President

Nicola McCann


Michael Donovan

Co-Vice President

Peter Walsh


Charlene Bremner