L-R: Peter Power-Hynes ICC Treasurer, Ivan Gibbons ICC Director, Collette Mackin ICC General Manager, Ros Scanlon ICC Director, Jim O'Hara ICC Chair, Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, Stephen Cowan Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader, Michael Kingston ICC Director, Seamus McGarry ICC Director
We are committed to sharing our culture and we actively work with our neighbours in London's diverse community, to achieve deeper appreciation of the value of intercultural exchange and understanding which we believe plays a significant part in building a stronger society.
The Irish Cultural Centre has been established since 1995 and is acclaimed for providing one of the most exciting and adventurous weekly programmes in the UK, featuring Ireland’s best traditional and contemporary musicians, an Irish film programme, Irish literary events, Theatre and art exhibitions and more.
Throughout the academic year, we offer an extensive education programme delivered by a committed team of high calibre tutors and available to people of all ages, generations, backgrounds, and cultures who want to share, enjoy and participate in quality Irish arts and cultural activities. We are proud of our 'Open Door' policy and we set out to make Irish arts, culture and education accessible to everyone.
The subjects offered include Irish Multi Instruments, Literature, Storytelling, Irish Language, Film, Songs and Singing, and a wide variety of Irish Music and Dance classes. The Centre is affiliated to the University of Liverpool, through its Irish Language classes and the Wigmore Hall through its childrens outreach programme.
Our education programme is supported by an excellent library featuring an extensive range of Irish interest publications. The library is also open to those who are not participating in the education programme and enjoy the rich tradition of the written word that is so integral to our wonderful heritage.
The Children's Programme is well developed and well attended and features Irish dance, drama and musical instruments. We have an extensive childrens outreach programme which is supported by the irish Youth Foundation. We offer outstanding culture outreach days in local schools consisting of storytelling, music, dance and crafts.
Our Elder's programme is another active and integral part of the Centre and our reminiscence groups, drama group for women, book-reading groups, film club and twice -monthly 'Pensioners' Tea Dances' are very popular with the older community.
Following a great deal of hard work, the Irish Cultural Centre secured the freehold and rebuilt a new Cultural Centre located in a prominent and easily accessible location in London. Nearly £3.5 million has been raised and invested to rebuild this Centre. 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.