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Father and Son Walking Yorkshire Peaks for Birmingham Irish

Father and Son team; Mick and Deaglan O'Brien, will be climbing the 3 Yorkshire Peaks this October, to raise funds for Birmingham Irish Association

Mick O'Brien (father) decided to take on the task after viewing our video of Patrick Brogan.

"I've been aware of the Birmingham Irish Association for some years and their work within the community. Recently a friend directed me to a video on the news section of the associations website about a gentleman called Patrick Brogan and it made me shed a tear or two. I sat back one night and thought about how I grew up in our community, those who inspired me and above all, I knew quite a few Patrick Brogan's. So it's my intention to raise funds for the Birmingham Irish Association by me and my son Deaglan walking the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on Saturday 21st October."

Writing on his justgiving page, Mick said "I may be joined others and I'll update this page to reflect them once they have confirmed. The walk is quite challenging and consists of walking 24 miles and scaling 3 peaks (each one 700m or higher) within 12 hours. It's a challenge, but having recently done 10 miles of the walk with my sons Deaglan, Fionn and Tomas, we will conquer that time."


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Half Way to St Patrick’s Day Fundraiser

Friday 15th September, featuring: Lampa, The Father Teds, Reel Note, Cairde and The Hurling Boys.

The St Patrick’s Festival have announced their first fundraiser for 2018; the Half Way to St Patrick’s Day party! The event being held in Hennessey’s Bar, Digbeth, is set to feature the best of local Irish musicians, all of whom are performing for free in order to raise money for the increasing costs of the St Patrick’s festival.

Organised by a small group of volunteers, and with no support from Birmingham City Council, the St Patrick’s Festival will have to raise over £70,000 from commercial sponsors and donations to ensure this years’ festivities can continue. The St Patrick’s Day parade alone costs over £40,000 in infrastructure costs.

The volunteers behind the ‘Half Way to St Patrick’s’ fundraiser hope to raise enough money to take a chunk out of these daunting costs. Last year a similar sell-out fundraiser raised over £7,500: £3500 from ticket sales and a donation of £4000 from Hennessey’s Bar in collaboration with Molston Coors brewing co, Carlsberg Tetley, Booker Cash & Carry, Purity Ales, Phoenix Drinks and Roks drinks.

St Patrick’s Festival organisers hope the ‘Half Way to St Patrick’s’ event will raise a similar amount, and get people ready for another great St Patrick’s Day in 2018.

The party will kick off at 7.30pm on Friday 15th September at Hennessey’s Bar. With a great line-up of well-known local Irish bands, it’s guaranteed to be a night of great craic! Tickets are available from Hennessey’s Bar, The Spotted Dog pub and the St Patrick’s website:

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Irish Boxing Legend Heading for Birmingham

It is 32 years since Barry McGuigan won the world featherweight title, and this October the ‘Clones Cyclone’ is coming to Birmingham for a one off event.

Conor McGregor might be the most recognised Irishman on the planet around today but during a frenetic spell in the mid-1980s, McGuigan captivated the country.

This October, Bob Brolly will host ‘An Evening with Barry McGuigan’, at the Irish Centre in Birmingham some 32 years after one of boxing's most memorable nights.

On a summer evening in 1985, at the Loftus Road football ground in London, Barry McGuigan deposed the mighty Eusebio Pedroza to win the WBA world featherweight title.

It was the culmination of a remarkable journey for the charismatic young man from Monaghan in Ireland. His sporting triumph is a story which somehow brought the divided communities in the north of Ireland together.

There shouldn’t be a shortage of questions to lob at the former WBA featherweight champion as although his days in the middle of the ring are years behind him, boxing still has Barry in its clutches.

He writes and commentates on the sport, runs the successful Cyclone Promotions Company and manages some of the world’s best boxers.

So, it’s clear that when Barry sits down in the Irish Centre this October with Bob Brolly to discuss his career, there won’t be a shortage of topics to quiz him on.

Tickets for the Event, which will also include a Photo Opportunity are priced at £25 and available online only from

There are 2 sponsorship packages available for the event, to find out more email

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Catherine O'Fynn shares thoughts on heroes, food and housing

Know Your Place is a collection of essays about the working class, written by the working class, created by Dead Ink Press following an open call for writers to submit essays on the lived experience of being working class in the UK today. Were delighted to present three of the contributing writers, Catherine O’Flynn, Laura Waddell and Gena-mour Barrett to share their essays (on heroes, food and housing respectively) and the experiences that informed them.

Sat 14th October, 6:00pm at The STUDIO at The REP. Tickets £8 / £6.40 concessions.

Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP

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Birmingham Smithfield Young Persons Consultative Group

Would you like to apply to become a member of the Birmingham Smithfield Young Persons Consultative Group?

They are looking for young people who have an interest in the development industry, who live, work or study in Birmingham and who are aged between 16-30 to become a part of the group. The group is to be run by Birmingham City Council in conjunction with work being done to bring the Birmingham Smithfield Masterplan vision to life.

There is a tight deadline for receiving expressions of interest in being a member of the group, with the deadline set for the 18th of August and the first meeting due to be held on the 22nd of August 17.

As such, if you could circulate this as soon as possible it would be much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Sophie Long

Planning and Development Officer

Planning Management

South Area Team

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We Need Volunteers

Our Dementia Day Centre is now open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and we are looking for volunteers to help. Its fun, its active, its Irish

Call Yvonne Elliott 0121 604 6111

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Project Officer

Full-time position based in Birmingham

Hours per week: 36.5

Salary: £21,588

Initially funded until 30th June 2018

Ireland and the Irish take great pride in their culture. The traditions, literature, language, sport, music and dancing seep almost imperceptibly into the creation and celebration of all things Irish. There is no single definition of Irish culture.

Birmingham Irish Association is a voluntary sector organisation that provides a wide range of support services to vulnerable members of the Irish and wider community.

Birmingham Irish Association is looking to recruit a Project Worker who will build on the excellent work of the previous post holder and take this work forward. The successful person will initiate and support a range of Irish heritage and identity projects to develop wider access to Irish music, literature, sport and performance throughout the year.

Job share welcome.

Closing date for post is 4.00pm Friday 11th August 2017

Interviews will be held on Friday 18th August 2017

For further details and an application pack please contact Paula Royle on 0121 604 6111 or email

Birmingham Irish Association is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to both best practice and the requirements of Equal Opportunities legislation.

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Ambassador Dan Mulhall Poetry Award

The Mulhall Young Poet of the Year Award

In recognition of his work for the Irish in Britain and Birmingham in particular

The competition is open to young writers between the age of 11-16. Entries must be submitted by 2nd January 2018 with the winner being notified on 17th March 2018. The winning entry will be chosen by H.E. The Irish Ambassador to the United States Daniel Mulhall.

The winner will receive £100 in book or E-Vouchers and the Runner up £50

Poetry express’s emotion through verse on all matter of subjects, from current affairs, religion and identity to love, loss and everything in-between. It's a chance to voice opinion, share a memory or dilemma, impart advice, or indulge in writing about something you adore. From ballads and odes to rhymes and free verse, what inspires you?

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

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