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Alex McDonnel

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Pray for the Living

Driving around Ireland on our trip to Donegal this year we are constantly asked from lamp-posts, billboards and news media a very complex question with a stark either/or answer: Yes or No. Yes gives women the right to choose whether they should have the right to decide for themselves if they want to have a… Read More

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They’re Off … To Ireland

Another great evening at the races for Aisling and our supporters and friends is coming our way. The Irish Night at Windsor race course on the evening of Monday 4th June will be sponsored by Irish businesses who will be donating the sponsorship money to Aisling. A marquee is being put up in the grounds… Read More

ALAN :: In Ireland

Death of a Figurehead

The Aisling logo was designed by Declan Fahy and features one of our first Aisling clients, taken from an iconic photograph by Deirdre O’Callaghan. Alan MacDonald came on our trip to Wexford about 15 years ago and while we were there we went to visit his home town of Enniscorthy. Alan and I went for… Read More

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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