Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh Visits the Irish Cultural Centre


L-R: Michael Kingston Director, Seamus McGarry Director, Katie Walsh, Assistant Manager, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Minister Joe McHugh, Jim O'Hara Chair of Directors, Mary Walker Director, Collette Mackin General Manager)

On Friday 20 January 2017 the ICC opened the doors of its newly developed premises to Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh. The Minister was joined by Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain, Daniel Mulhall and colleagues from the Department of Foreign Affairs. Minister McHugh was greeted by friends of the ICC, volunteers, management, directors, tutors and students. The Minister was thoroughly impressed with the new building and a great sense of Irish culture shone through, with Irish visual art displayed throughout the building curated by Barbara Stanley, traditional Irish music by ICC tutors and students and a sculpture made with keys from the old building by Irish artist Jonathan O' Dea. This was Minister McHugh's first visit to the centre, which was particularly significant due to the level of support and funding the ICC have received from the Department of Foreign Affairs Emigrant Support Programme. The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jim O'Hara, thanked the Irish Government for their valuable support and also thanked and acknowledged Shepherds Bush Housing Association for their important partnership with the ICC which was crucial in enabling the development to take place.

The visit was a fantastic success, with extremely positive feedback from all those who attended. The ICC would like to thank everybody involved.

Following a great deal of hard work, the Irish Cultural Centre have secured the freehold and rebuilt a new Cultural Centre located in a prominent and easily accessible location in London. Over £3 million has been raised and invested to rebuild this Centre. The ICC need to raise a further £300,000 to equip the Centre with high quality audiovisual equipment, acoustically treat the main auditorium, and upgrade the foyer areas and meeting rooms.

Ireland has an outstanding tradition of music, literature, art and culture. Having a prestigious cultural centre dedicated to this in London will benefit the artistic, cultural and economic links between Ireland and Britain.

This building will be held in trust for future generations of Irish people in Ireland and Britain.

We are offering sponsorship opportunities for Companies and Individuals to become involved with the Centre: naming opportunities, room sponsors, foyer sponsors etc. (Names of all our sponsors will be prominently displayed.) Sponsorship opportunities range from £5,000 to £200,000. We are also seeking donations, as we believe this centre will benefit Irish companies and the Irish people living in both Ireland and the UK.

If you would like to make a donation toward s the ICC fit out please get in touch!

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