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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

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Hearts of Stone

Stephen’s sister was waiting for us when we got to Colbert station in Limerick after a 3 hour journey from Wexford. We managed to squeeze into a parking space on a double yellow line between two enormous Bus Eireann coaches. Many of us were in emergency need of a toilet break and ran into the… Read More

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At home with the O’Hanlon’s

We arrived on the docks at Dublin’s North Wall on a ghost ship and for once we rolled off the Ulysses with no giant trucks making our minibus the filling in an almighty sandwich. Nor did any bus-loads of disgruntled Irish rugby fans disembark with us from Wales, the scene of much Irish sporting embarrassment… Read More

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If You Brexit You Bought It

Brexit is throwing some unexpected curve balls our way. How many of the voters on the leave side thought about the ructions that may ensue when borders are reintroduced or when friends and family members are no longer welcome in Britain? This is a real possibility yet I know of many Irish people here in… Read More

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Captains Log

The floor collapsed in the toilet of our office here in Agar Tower. I guess it was the weight of the solid gold bog seat like the one that Trump talks out of. The landlord eventually had a look and found dry rot running through to the other end of the office and that obviously… Read More

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Happy Christmas and New Year

All the very best to Aisling friends and supporters for Christmas and the new Year. The spectacular featured image comers from a very special place which you can read about on the website in the report on our latest Trip to Swords: “The centre piece is a chandelier in Waterford Crystal made up of hundreds… Read More