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IASAQ People

Seamus Sullivan, President of IASAQ.

Since arriving in Brisbane in the 1970's, Seamus has always had a passionate interest in 

both promoting & preserving Irish heritage in Queensland. This has extended into his co-founding

of a number of integral Irish clubs and organisations within the State; these include the Queensland

Gaelic Football & Hurling Association, as well as the Irish Australian Support Association and the

celebrated St.Patricks Day parade. 

Seamus' wealth of knowledge and involvement within the Irish community of Queensland has 

led to his esteemed and highly respected status within the Queensland Irish Heritage and resident

community and indeed the wider Irish-Australian Community.

Recently, Seamus was named The Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Citizen Of The Year for 2020, after being

nominated by the IASAQ Board, congrats Seamus!

Nicola Holly, Vice President IASAQ

Originally from Tralee CBD, Co. Kerry, Nicola has resided in Australia for ten years. She holds a Masters

in History of Art from UCC and has been fortunate enough to work in the Queensland arts sector since

she arrived. She currently works at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane as their

galleries manager. Nicola has volunteered with the association for four years and has witnessed firsthand

the exceptional work they deliver. Nicola manages the IASAQ social media, marketing and events and is

excited about  getting a younger demographic involved in the organisation. 

Joe Thompson, Secretary of  IASAQ

I was born in Dromore, Co Tyrone (near Omagh). For my secondary education I went to the Christian

Brothers School in Omagh. In 1965, I became a registered pharmacist and after working in different

areas of pharmacy, joined the Wellcome Foundation, a large international pharmaceutical company

in 1970, progressing to Manager, Medical Division, Ireland. I Migrated to Brisbane with my wife,

Gabrielle, and family in 1976, where I returned to Community Pharmacy, eventually acquiring my own

pharmacy in Acacia Ridge. After selling my pharmacy in Jan 1999, I then obtained a position with the

Archdiocese of Brisbane in Resource Development as Parish Support Manager. I joined the Board of The Irish

Australian Support Association of QLD (IASAQ) in 2008 and was elected as Vice-President in 2009 and

then Secretary in Oct 2012, a position I still hold. I am proud of my membership of IASAQ, which gives me an

opportunity to assist in some small way, those in our Irish community who experience times of need and distress.d or distress.

Des Ryan, Treasurer of IASAQ

Des Ryan is a founding member of IASAQ. He was born in Kilrush Co. Clare. He graduated as a teacher from

St Pats College Drumcondra and taught primary schools in Dublin for 5 years before emigrating to Australia

in 1972. He taught in various schools in Queensland and NSW until 1979 when he decided to have a career

change. He moved on to the Real Estate industry where his first business venture was called Greenacres

Real Estate. He subsequently branched out to residential construction and land development when he set

up Demac Homes P/L and Brisbane Land Marketing P/L where he is still active. Des has always played a

hands on role in the Irish community in Brisbane. In his younger days he was a member of the Gaelic

football team and was a keen fundraiser for interstate competitions. In recent years he enjoys more

sedentary tasks but still retains his enthusiasm for fundraising when the need arises. Des is married to

Bernadette, he has three daughters and one son all of whom take a great interest in their Irish heritage.


Michael Forrest, Board Member

Michael is a true original born and bred in Brisvegas. He is a retired Lawyer who now devotes his

time to various charitable causes and organisations. Michael has been a member of IASAQ for over

six years now and was elected to the Iasaq Board in 2011. His contribution is most valuable and

appreciated by all who are a part of IASAQ.


Brendan Kealy, Board Member


Martina Redmond, Board Member

Tony Slevin, Board Member

Paddy Farrelly, Coordinator IASAQ.

Paddy hails from Carnaross in County Meath. He fully enjoys the role of Coordinator and is delighted

to be able to assist the Irish & Irish Australian community through IASAQ. He is available to anyone at

any time if they are in need or distress. The kettle is never far from the boil and the coffee is always

good when he's in the office, so why not drop in for a cuppa and chat?

Paddy will be always glad to meet you. He can be reached on 0432087328.