The Ireland Fund of Great Britain has announced that it will pledge £50,000 to the Irish Cultural Centre’s fundraising campaign towards the fit out of the interior of the new centre.
The trustees were impressed with the successful appeal to raise funds to purchase the freehold and secure the centre for future generations. Now that building work is underway and the campaign enters its public phase they wanted to pledge an amount that would encourage others to make similar gifts. Former Ireland Fund trustee, John Rowan, is leading the fundraising with skill and determination and there is no doubt that the sum required will be realised.
Sheila Bailey, CEO of the Ireland Fund of Great Britain commented “It’s a great privilege to be able to support this project. The Irish Cultural Centre plays a huge part in the lives of the Irish community across London and beyond. It offers more than just a cultural experience; for many, especially the elderly, it is where they are able to socialize with like-minded people and preserve the links with home”.
Jim O’Hara, Chairman of the Irish Cultural Centre, said “everyone associated with the Irish Cultural Centre is delighted that the Ireland Fund Trustees have led the way in supporting our new Fundraising campaign with this very generous grant and I wish to thank them sincerely. The recent visit by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, has emphasised the role played by our culture in providing a vital and enduring link between Ireland and Britain, both from the perspective of the Irish community here and Irish businesses in Britain and Ireland. The new building now being constructed in a prime location in Hammersmith in Central London will be a showcase for all to learn about and experience the best of Irish culture. We hope that Irish businesses, organisations and individuals will follow the lead of the Ireland Fund by helping us to raise the funds to fit out the Centre in a manner appropriate to a modern culture centre, one of which we can all be proud.”