Mass for St Patrick – Friday 18 March 2022

For the first time since 2019, a special Mass for the Feast of St Patrick will be celebrated in St Olav’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Akersveien 1, 0177 Oslo, on Friday 18 March at 1800 hrs. The Mná na hÉireann Choir will sing at the Mass, which will be concelebrated by, among others, the Bishop of Oslo, Msgr Bernt Eidsvig and the two Irish priests in the Oslo Diocese, Fr Rory Mulligan and Fr Joseph Mulvin. The Irish Ambassador HE Keith McBean will also participate.

Everyone is welcome – of all denominations or none! Come for that Irish community feeling, the music, the wonderful singing by the Mná na hEireann choir, and to express our hopes for a better future for the world.

Light refreshments – coffee, tea, home-made cakes and chat – will be served afterwards in St Sunniva Skole, across the road from St Olav’s.

Nora Nordan, Veronica Harrington, Annmarie McDermott More info: Nora Nordan – or send a PM

St Patricks Day Parade 2022

The Norwegian Irish Society is happy to announce that all the neccessary permissions are in place and that there will be a St Patricks Day parade on March the 19th, 2022.

We hope you can join us, for what is sure to be a great day of fellowship and entertainment.

The parade leaves Jernbanetorget at 1200 sharp.

After three long years it will be geat to see you all again.

St Patricks Day Family Dinner 2022


Booking for this years St Patrick’s Day Family dinner is officially open. See details below. We request that you pre-book by Sunday, March 6th. Make sure to book early as places are limited.
All are welcome. You don’t need to be Irish to party like the Irish 🙂

Date: Saturday, 19th of March 2022.
Venue: Grand Hotel Oslo, Karl Johans gate, 31, 0159 Oslo.
Time: 1400 – 1700.
Food: Buffet.
Prices: Adults – NOK 345, Children – NOK 175 (under 12 years).

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when booking. Drinks can be purchased at the bar.

Important – We request that you pre-book by March 6th. Bookings after that date will not be accepted due to constrictions imposed by the proprietor of the venue.
To pre-book:
a) Please pay directly into account number 6012.06.32054 (Norwegian Irish Society). In the message field, please write your full name so that we can track the payment easily and give you a hearty welcome when you arrive at the event.
b) Also, please send an email to to confirm your payment and the names of those you have just paid for. We will need this on the day to ensure that admission runs smoothly. Also for statistical reasons, we ask you to tell us the nationalities of all the members of your party.
This event has been generously sponsored by the Emigrant Support Fund in association with the Embassy of Ireland.
This event is hosted by the Norwegian Irish Society, a not-for-profit organization. All payments made go directly towards covering costs for food, venue and entertainment on the day. Any inquiries to

After three long years we are looking forward to seeing you there.

Halloween/ Oíche Shamhna


A chairde,

whether you are Irish, Norwegians or have any class of a grá at all for Ireland or the Irish, NIS would like to wish you all a Happy Halloween / Oíche Shamhna faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.

As you know NIS aims to promote Irish culture and therefore we make an effort to celebrate the Celtic festival of Samhain/Halloween …… opposed to the American festival of annoying over-exaggeration….although we must admit  a pumpkin beats a turnip every time (but besides that what have the Americans ever done for us!). We usually organize an event for children to provide an opportunity for them to experience Halloween as it is usually celebrated in Ireland. This year of course we have had to cancel our plans for our yearly party due to COVID, although our committee had made the plans just in case. We would like to thank our Halloween Committee (who usually contribute their time and energy and their wonderful cakes) for their efforts….I would name individuals but would then inevitably get a well -deserved mail in CAPITAL letters telling me I had forgotten someone.

But just because NIS is not arranging anything doesn’t mean you cant, but of course you need to do so safely in your own home. Our children deserve the same opportunity we had of getting a belt in the face from a swinging apple or the anxious knowledge of possibly losing a tooth to the equivalent of a thrupenny bit in the breac, or experiencing a sleepless night having heard a story to frighten the bejasus out of anyone.  So get the costumes out and your strings for the apples or the basins of water ….and of course the sweets which they would usually collect under threat from the neighbours (I seem to remember we had to perform something to be given anything…..ah yes things were so much better during the war).

Feel free to send us some photos etc of your events and we may put up some on our page…….however, make a conscious decision before posting photos of your kids (unless they are unrecognizable…. which actually is part of the point of Halloween). You might even ask their consent just like we did of our own parents……yeah right (Ireland is apparently one of the few places where two positives make a negative). Or simply send us something that might amuse the rest of us…..even if it involves making an eejit of yourself (ref enclosed photo……for your information the photo was sent from the home for the banjaxed and bewildered and is unrelated to Halloween but reflects the effect of sitting indoors staring at a computer screen for the last seven months. Some sleeveen will undoubtedly say I have never looked better).

Our other main event in the course of our year is of course in connection with St Patrick’s Day. As you know we had to cancel our events in March this year at the very last minute due to the closedown in Norway, and I would like to thank our St Patrick’s Day Committee for all the hard work that went into that and acknowledge their disappointment of not being able to put those plans into action. We continue to plan for 2021 however we are aware that March 2021 will likely be too early to hold such events in person even if we are optimistic about availability of a COVID vaccine which looks likely to be approved before the end of this year. Again we would hope that we all can find alternative safe ways to celebrate our national day.

These are difficult times for our community, for all our friends and for Norway in general, and of course also for Ireland. For some it involves having to work from home (or live at the office as I call it) which some think is great and others struggle with, for others it has meant being furloughed (now there is a word we have become familiar with during COVID) and for others again it has meant losing their jobs or their business, or perhaps it has meant that finding a job or starting a job, or a course of study has not been what it “should” be, or we cannot meet our friends or socialize as we would like, and some have also actually been infected by COVID. So, it affects us all but of course it affects some much worse than others. What we all share is the fact we have families in Ireland and travel there has been much more difficult these last months. We have missed birthdays and weddings, and we have also missed illnesses and unfortunately funerals of our loved ones. We have discovered Skype/Teams/Zoom as a way to maintain contact which is at any rate better than nothing. I suspect we will all be queueing up for airline tickets towards the end of next year and will look forward to spending to support the Irish economy as well as seeing family.

Some of us have it worse than others and so I would encourage us all to look out for our friends and our neighbours and especially for those we might think are struggling with the situation, and I would also encourage those who may need support to contact us or others within our community…if only for a chat. I would also like to commend the work being done by our embassy here who will try to support where they can. At least, in all this situation, we know we are extremely lucky to be here in Norway, in comparison to other places in Europe, in the UK, or indeed in a locked-down Ireland.

We can try to “look on the bright side of life”. We can for example take heart that there are still some positives coming from Ireland…..not least our sportsmen and sportswomen who we know will give it a good lash in the rugby and soccer etc. There is even something to be had from the GAA now that Dublin decided to retire Dermot Connolly to give some of the rest a chance……. (I understand that QAnon believe that the corona pandemic is a conspiracy to prevent Dublin winning 6 in a row………sounds plausible to me). Or we can be inspired by other sports activity which we may have noted from Normal People.

NIS will continue to look at ways of contributing to putting a smile on our members’ faces and we will continue posting things on this site for our edification and amusement. We will likely try to organize some form of on-line event in the near future so watch this space. Finally let me share something that made me smile (pre the decline reflected in my photo)… was how the Irish differ in creativity when it comes to the English language compared to the English……… in describing the phenomenon of people who don’t follow current health guidelines the English came up with the expression  “covidiocy”… fair enough but not really up there with Wilde, Shaw or Heaney.…the equivalent Irish expression I heard recently was ….gobshitery…..(sounds a little Roddy Doyle….but very encompassing).

So Northmen, Southmen, Eastmen, Westmen..and women…or however you identify

Go mbuailimid le chéile aris, go dté sibh slán / stay safe

Conn President NIS

Music Bingo Evening

In cooperation with Sunna’s musikkbingo and the Dubliner Folk Pub, the Norwegian Irish Society presents an evening of Music Bingo on the 13th of February kl1900. What is Music Bingo I hear you say. Well don’t worry, it’s easy and all will be explained on the night. All you need to know for now is that there will be lots of good music, good company and great fun and you never know, you might win a prize.

kr 100 per bingo card.
All proceeds will be going to this years Oslo St Patrick’s Day Parade.

So please come and support this worthy cause which is only possible because of generous contributions and have some fun while doing it.

Norwegian Irish Society Kids’ Halloween Party 2019


The Norwegian Irish Society is organising the annual Kids’ Halloween Party!

Date: Sunday, 27 October 2019

Time: 14:00-16:00
Venue: Ullern Menighetshus, Holgerslystveien 22, 0280 Oslo
Admission: 60 kr per person (adults and children). Payment in advance by Vipps.

As always it would be great if each family could bring along a cake. There will be a prize for the spookiest one!

Please RSVP to by 18 October providing the following information:

Family name:

Number of children:

Number of adults:

Bringing cake: (Yes or No)

The programme will be distributed to those who register closer to the date. Needless to say, we will have plenty of games with prizes, music and dancing, and a goody bag for each child. We hope that you all dress up and join us for some ghastly fun!

The Oslo Bloomsday Celebrates It’s 10th Year at the Nordic Theatre

The Oslo Bloomsday Celebrates It’s 10th Year at the Nordic Theatre
Sunday 16th June 2019 at 18.00

Entrance fee: Adult 200 kr. – Students 150 kr.
Pre-Ticket sales –
Tickets also available on the door – cash or VIPPS only

We are delighted to present the programme for the Oslo Bloomsday Celebrations 2019. This will be our tenth year on the go! Our gracious hosts this year is the Nordic Black Theatre in Grønland as the Ibsen Museum is closed due to building work. We hope that you like what we have on offer and remind you that while Bloomsday costume is not obligatory, we do encourage you to join in in the fun.


Opening address
His Excellency Karl Gardner, Ambassador of Ireland

Dotters and Babbos
Bryan and Mary Talbot talk about their first collaboration, Dotter of her Father’s Eyes. Produced through an intense collaboration seldom seen between writers and artists, their book became the only British graphic novel to win a major literary prize: the 2012 Costa Biography Award. Part personal history, part biography, it contrasts two coming-of-age narratives: that of Lucia, the daughter of James Joyce, and Mary, the daughter of the eminent Joycean scholar James S. Atherton. Social expectations and gender politics, thwarted ambitions and personal tragedy are played out against two contrasting historical backgrounds, poignantly evoked by Bryan’s atmospheric visual storytelling.


A Little Cloud
Adapted and performed by actor Edwin Mullane. Directed by Hillary Dziminski. Presented by Corps Ensemble.
A new adaptation of a much loved short story from Joyce’s Dubliners. Irish Nationalism is at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose is raging; we meet Little Chandler and Ignatius Gallagher as the latter briefly returns to Dublin from London regaling tales of his career and bawdy international exploits.

‘Mullane is a Master Storyteller’ – The Stage UK

About Bloomsday
Bloomsday celebrates the day on which the action of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses takes place on 16 June 1904. Joyce chose this date as a gift to his partner and later wife, Nora – to commemorate the day on which she first went for a romantic stroll with him, and changed his life forever.
The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8 a.m. on 16 June through to the early hours of the following morning. It is considered to be one of the most important works of modernist literature.