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Alex McDonnel

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Against All Odds

Our good friends at Green Curtain Theatre are producing a small theatre tour of London Irish venues. This is a great chance to see original theatre from experienced performers and is definitely not to be missed.

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Living Like The One Percent

Bob Geldof earned a lot of kudos for Band Aid and a lot of sympathy when his wife and daughter died but it seems that he has squandered a bit of both lately. He handed back his freedom of the city of Dublin award before Christmas to protest at the same honour being given to… Read More

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Aisling Comedy Benefit 2017

The Chapel is one of London’s best music venues and though it may not be as well known for comedy it is getting very popular with comedy promoters because of the thrill of swearing and saying risky stuff from the pulpit of a working church. On Monday 27th November we had a stellar line up… Read More

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Cheque from Kempton Romps Home in Square Mile

What a night we had at Kempton and all thanks to Tom, Sarah, Gerry and Dermot who put the work into make it a smashing success with £27,500 raised for Aisling. Another great night was to be had when we received the cheque at the Irish Post ‘Drinks in the City’ reception for Irish business… Read More

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Aisling Comedy Benefit

Taking place at everyone’s favourite sweary church The Union Chapel on Monday 27 November 2017. Doors open 6.30pm, show starts 7.30pm. Late bar and music. Our Patron Ardal O’Hanlon has asked some of his favourite comedians and Fr. Ted alumni to come along and entertain Aisling friends and comrades in the Peoples Republic of Islington… Read More

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Six Degrees Down to Zero

You may have noticed from previous postings that John our alcohol outreach worker seems to find a connection with everyone he meets wherever we go because it seems everyone in the world originated in County Mayo which is the real cradle of civilisation (Mayopotamia perhaps?). But on this trip we witnessed something a bit more… Read More

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Prime Movers

Aisling gratefully received our annual grant from the Emigrant Servicers Programme this month which is the money distributed by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin for services to the Irish Abroad. This fund has become a life saver for the emigrant Irish community throughout the world and we can thank a number of people… Read More

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The Day we Went to Kempton

We had a great day out at the races in Kempton on Wednesday 16 August. Back in June we were approached by Sarah Finucane, single handed publisher of Irish in Britain what’s-on guide ‘The Craic is Back’ with an idea to raise money for Aisling. The idea was simple and, as it turned out, very… Read More

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Aisling at the Races

We are betting on a great night out for the Irish community at Kempton races on 16th of August. A full night of racing with music and craic as well as fundraising for Aisling too beginning at 5.00pm. Some of the biggest Irish companies in Britain including our old friends Gallagher Group from Maidstone Kent are pitching in… Read More