About the Author

Alex McDonnel


Three Books

The last few months have been productive for Aisling featuring a very successful trip to Wicklow (see Cats and Crows). Many of the people we work with have suffered from a bad experience of emigration and as such find it very hard to go back home after so long away. Our whole purpose is to… Read More


Cats and Crows

A few months ago John met Pat who was attending a day centre in Camden Town. Pat comes to the centre a couple of mornings a week to use the shower there. Workers at the centre had tried to engage with Pat to find out his housing status etc. but Pat never had any engagement… Read More

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Irish Vintage Club supports Aisling Project

The London Irish Vintage Clun named Aisling as one of their favoured charities for last year Irish Vintage Rally at the grounds of Tir Connail Gaels GAA club at Greenford last June. It was an enormous success with many thousands turning out for a great day in the sunshine(see earlier posts). The event raised a… Read More

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Once again they are off!

Punters and patrons, friends of Aisling and regulars at London’s best Irish sports bar will be delighted to know that pub racing season is starting on Saturday June 4th at the Sheephaven Bay pub in Mornington Street, Camden Town, London NW1. Pat Logue the guvnor of the famous pub said: ‘This is one of the… Read More

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Rebel Rebel

I had been sceptical about the approaching centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916, the opening salvo in the war of independence and the date that rings loudest in our national psyche. Mostly because I believed that the main political parties in Ireland have seemed to find the whole thing a bit of an embarrassment… Read More

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Hobbling a Work Horse

Tom Murphy used to come to see me when I worked in the Arlington Day Centre in Parkway about 20 years ago. I worked mostly in the Big House Arlington House hostel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlington_House and spent one day a week giving advice in the Day Centre which was housed in a Portakabin on Parkway, one of… Read More

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Dying for a drink

Two men died last month, they both lived in Arlington House though one was recuperating from a serious illness in an assessment centre. They were both Irish emigrants in their 60’s and they were both long term heavy drinkers whose bodies had suffered terribly as a result. Each had lived in their own single room… Read More

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November 2015 –

During this last month or so Aisling has had to wear a suit as we have had to do a good bit of fine dining and dancing in some of London’s top hotels. This is the kind of thing that Aisling has to do more frequently these days with myself and John Glynn tripping the… Read More

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We had a great night out at our annual comedy benefit this year with loads of great laughs from new Kerry comic Bernard Casey, Camden Irish funny girl Roisin Conaty, hyperactive and hilarious stand up Jason Byrne and Ardal O’Hanlon, our patron in top form. We followed up with a party in the bar of… Read More

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Irish Vintage Rally

The Aisling Project had a great day out at the Irish Vintage Rally at Greenford last Sunday. The sun came out and many thousands of Irish men, women, boys and girls from all over the capital and others from further afield in the UK and Ireland came along too for the biggest Irish gathering of… Read More