Merry Christmas from Birmingham Irish Association!
Here's an update on the work of Birmingham Irish Association this year, and all things Irish in Brum!
Victims of The Birmingham Pub Bombings MemorialThe Victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings Memorial
On 21st November 2018 a new memorial to the victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings was unveiled in a ceremony outside New Street Station, exactly forty-four years after the atrocity took place.Birmingham Pub Bombings Memorial Opening
The project has been organised over the last three years by Maurice Malone, CEO of Birmingham Irish Association. Videos by Michael Tracey Films. You can read more in a BBC article here and our own article here.
We had a delightful end to our last week before Christmas, with our St Anne's Centre dinners - yes two - one for our clients on 13th, and another for our much appreciated volunteers on 14th.
Without the help and time given by our volunteers, and the support of the community we would not be able to provide such a valued service to our clients and their families.
Adrian O’Neill Irish Ambassador to the UK, met with staff and volunteers and was briefed on our continued good work in the community, including our health care team, benefits advice team, dementia centre project, the development of our Irish event app and website; The Craic, and a growing partnership with the St Patrick’s Festival.
The Craic App
We've developed a new website and app, aptly named "The Craic". Both website and app will provide users with up to date information on Irish events across Birmingham, and with other organisations in Scotland, London and Leeds looking to get involved, we'll soon be promoting the whole of the UK!
10 Irish breweries, 8 Birmingham Irish bands, One long weekend! The weekend-long event, ran from Friday 26th until Sunday 28th October, and featured the best in local and Irish brewed beers, along with the finest in Irish music, all while raising money to ensure the St Patrick’s Parade and Festival remain a fixture in Birmingham’s calendar.
For further information about the work of our healthcare team, benefits advice team and more, check out our annual report.