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Imjin River was one of the critical battles of the Korean War, and perhaps the most tragic. It was also one where two Irish units – the Royal Ulster Rifles and the Irish Hussars – proved their worth in the sternest test of war – a battle against overwhelming odds. Andrew Salmon, who recently presented to the IAK and guided re-visiting veterans around the “Happy Valley” battlefield during the summer, will lead this IAK organised tour, which will take in the full valley where the RUR fought, stop at their final “backstop” position, and recount the stories of the men who survived. If you have seen him talk or read his books, you’ll know that this will be an unmissable chance to learn more about


The Columban Missionary Society will be celebrating 80 years of involvement in Korea with a mass in Myeong-dong Cathedral this Tuesday, October 29, at 2pm. All our welcome to attend. The service will be followed by a photo exhibit of some of their work in Korea in Saint Mary’s Cafe across from the Cathedral, and will be on display until the Thursday after. The Columbans have had an impressive impact on Korea, and many today still work long hours as part of various charities around the country, and not without their own sacrifices. During the Korean War seven Irish Columban priests were killed when they refused to leave the people and parishes which they had made their homes. There is a small


Over the weekend the IAK held its annual assessment meeting. At this meeting we talked about the past year, which we believe was very successful, and of course the association’s outlook for the next twelve months. While there was much discussed at this meeting and many formative decisions made, what is of most significance is an update on the make-up of the committee. We don’t usually hold formal elections unless they are entirely necessary or called for. However, as of Saturday the IAK is proud to announce that we have a new Chairperson, Shauna Browne. Shauna has been tirelessly promoting our cause since she joined up in 2011 and has been a revelation in terms of getting events running. She


In the Name of the Father The Irish program in the Busan International Film Festival looks great with classics like The Crying Game and Once, and new films such as the Pat Short starring Life’s a Breeze. If you’re living in Busan I’m sure you’ve already plans to see a couple of films from this selection. On Monday October 7th from 10pm, Jameson will be throwing a Jameson Night with music and Jameson cocktails in O’Kims Bar in the Westin Chosun Hotel to which the Irish community is welcome to attend.

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