A New Plan
A dream of the Friends of St Brigid’s, who now own and operate the precinct, is to create a vibrant and educational Irish/Australian Cultural and Community Centre, which celebrates the rich Irish ancestry of the district.
The rolling green hills and rich volcanic soil of Killarney, Crossley, Koroit and surrounds were the perfect lure for the hundreds of Irish immigrants who fled to Australia’s shores following the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s.
Their migration shaped the community we see now and Irish influences remain throughout the district – the names in the local phonebook are testament to the rich Celtic heritage.
In April 2012, the new vision for the St Brigid’s Irish/Australian Cultural and Community Centre was launched by Moyne Councillor James Purcell.
The Department of Planning and Community Development funded the development of a business plan and strategic plan (completed by SED Consultants) and concept design and drawings (completed by Challis Designs, of Geelong).
There is now a simple yet stunning design for the display of historical and culturally significant items and information within the Church building and a detailed and realistic framework to make this dream a reality.
The next few years will involve hard work from this small community to achieve its vision and to respectfully acknowledge the cultural history of the Irish in south-west Victoria.