The Irish Press

Is minic a rinne bromach gioblach capall cumasach.

(A ragged colt often made a powerful horse.)

November 2022


Well, that was fun!

This year’s President’s Evening successfully served a number of purposes.

First up, refreshed our social lives, by providing an opportunity for a little glamour, and an excuse to “dress up”.

It was also an opportunity to thank many of members for all their work for the club this year, as well as an opportunity to relax before the Xmas season.

Significantly, it was also be an opportunity to meet the new Ambassador.

There is a gallery of photos from the evening, thanks to David Duffy.

Finally, our thanks to DJ Uncle Silverback, who provided the tunes - an enjoyable background ambience.


In addition to the vote for a change to our Rules at the last Pot Luck, we also had visitations from a number of strangers, here for Halloween.

Young & old made an effort to dress for the occasion, and some engaged in special activities – apple bobbing, spider-blowing, and so on.

Our congratulations to those who entered into the spirit of the event.


Those who attended last month’s Pot Luck successfully dealt with a (very) minor change to our Rules. The change (removal of the brackets () in Rule #1) was dealt with in a minute or two, and the vote was an amiably unanimous one! Our thanks to all who helped with this task.


The observant among you may have noticed that we have 2 new (& additional) dart boards at the Club.

The plan is simple: David Duffy is organising a regular Darts competition. Anyone interested in having a go, should come along to the Club on the first Friday of the month. NO experience (or expertise) is required – just a willingness to ‘chance your arm’.

Those interested will be placed on a Ladder, and will be able to challenge those above them, with the winner taking the higher place.

And we have received a “Challenge” from another local group to a “Teams” match, so we’re looking for volunteers to uphold the honour of HVIS. Contact David Duffy or 029 2061 268.


Pat Higgins and Trish Given of Wellington Irish Society are offering fiddle and tin whistle lessons.

Beginners Tin Whistle classes (All welcome, old and young) started Sunday 13th Nov & continue to end of School term at Mount Vic Community Hub 2-4 PM 24E Elizabeth St, Mt. Victoria, Wellington 6011 Phone: (021) 765-525 or (04) 390-1411 Email:


This month’s screening in our special Belfast Film Season is I Am Belfast. It will be shown on Thursday 24 November. Made in 2015, it is a visual, poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens, told with love and the passion of someone, who left the city many years ago but is still fascinated by it.

Quite a change from the grim & gritty thrillers we have seen to date. Perhaps a welcome antidote as we head into summer & the holiday season!

We’ll start about 7.30pm, and the Bar will be open, as usual!

Watch for future screenings in our Belfast Film Season


“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” - Malorie Blackman

The Book Club is holding its next meeting on Thursday 8 December, from 7.30 pm. Their selection is Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo. If you’re interested in joining the group, or maybe starting your own, get a copy of the book to read, and just turn up to their session.


It’s that time of year again. First up, the Adults have their Xmas Party on Saturday 10 December. You know the routine – food, drink, live music, Great Craic!

And then there’s the Kids Party, with Santa on Sunday 18 December. Watch out for more details so we get everyone registered! Start at the online form.

Mark Your Diaries

Thursday 24 November Film Club
Friday 25 November Music evening
Sunday 27 November Pot Luck
Saturday 10 December HVIS Xmas Party
Sunday 18 December Kids’ Xmas Party


To those sitting national exams, our best wishes – we’re sure you will acquit yourselves well.

And if you’re leaving school or University, our congratulations on reaching a significant milestone, and good luck in the next stage of your ‘great adventure’!


We rely on volunteers to co-ordinate each month’s evening, and so our thanks to those who have put their name forward. To volunteer for 2023, use the form at

Sean and Marion Lake are doing the November pot luck; let us know if you would like to help them.


Our thanks to those who’ve already paid their Subscription. For everyone else:

1. See the website for Subscription rates
2. Make payments by DIRECT CREDIT to account number 06-0529-0416815-00. (Use your family name as the reference (or your phone number if you have to use numbers)
3. Tell us you’ve paid by completing the Renewal Form.

You’re of course welcome to invite friends to the Club, but when you do, why not suggest they join up? Especially if they are more or less ‘regular’ visitors. We have forms at the Club for new members, and the subscription rates are LOW!


If you’re meeting friends or guests at the Club, they need to sign the Visitors’ Book when they arrive.


The first ingredient of any recipe has to be: “find a man who can cook it” (Kay Braid)

Irish Coffee Pudding

Apparently, this is a delectable recipe! Bit of trouble but well worth the effort for a Christmas treat.


6 eggs 8 oz. sugar
1 cup water with tablespoon instant coffee (or 1 cup of very strong tea) 1 1/2 oz. powdered gelatine
1/3 cup Irish Whiskey or Irish Mist liqueur 1/2 pint double cream
3 oz. crushed walnuts


Separate yolks from the whites of eggs. In a bowl, cream the yolks with the sugar. Blend the instant coffee with the water and heat but don't boil. Dissolve the gelatine in the hot coffee and add all the yolks to the sugar. Beat well and put the bowl over a pan of boiling water. Continue beating until mixture begins to thicken.

Remove from heat and when the bowl has cooled a little, put in the fridge for a little while until the mixture starts to set. Then fold in the cream, add the booze and last of all, fold in the egg whites. Pour all this into a 7 inch soufflé case lined with greaseproof paper. The paper should come up about 3 inches above the top. (strange bit!)

Oil a jam jar or a bottle and press it down into the centre of the pudding and leave to set. Remove the paper and the jar and fill the centre with 1 cup of double whipped cream with 1 tablespoon of sugar.

Now all you have to do is decorate the sides you can see above the dish with crushed walnuts - lot of work but looks really neat!

10-12 servings.


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Published by: Hutt Valley Irish Society.
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