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Alex McDonnel


Midwinter Light

Ardal O’Hanlon is very busy at the moment in fact I was watching TV the other evening and there were trailers on for two programmes featuring the man himself. One is a tour of Ireland in his company taking place over three hourly programmes and the other was: the Tree of the Year competition which… Read More


Aisling meets Niall Quinn

Aisling workers John Glynn and Mary Leyne were at The Claddagh Ring pub in Hendon on Saturday 26th November to celebrate the pub’s 25th anniversary. The occasion was thoroughly marked by a full weekend of fun with 6 bands playing on the Saturday night alone including Bible Code Sundays and Boxty. Niall Quinn football star… Read More


Mental Health Training

New Aisling volunteers and longer established Aisling folk gathered at the London Irish Centre on Saturday 12 November for mental health training, along with volunteers from the LIC. The training was provided by Voluntary Action Camden and it was very informative, designed specifically for Irish people and will help in our future work with clients. Thanks… Read More


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