Welcome A warm welcome to spring 2016 at The London Irish Centre. We have got lots in store for you. Like previous seasons, the programme is busy and diverse. We have great live music across many genres, new and established Irish theatre, dance, discussion and visual arts. Highlights that come to mind are the first visit of Ireland’s National Theatre, The Abbey, on March 26th, our run of events to mark the 1916 Centenary and of course our major St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. We will also open a brand new Irish Library, welcome our new patron, Dermot O’Leary to our sold out black-tie charity dinner, and host the annual touring concert for our friends at Comhaltas. This all happens alongside our regular programme of courses, events and activities, which offer year-round

Echoes of Erin opportunities to celebrate and learn about Ireland and Irish culture. We are always open to working with artists, arts and community organisations and of course the Irish community in London, so please do not hesitate to contact us. I’ll finish by thanking our staff, partners and team of tireless volunteers without whom none of this could happen. Also our funders and supporters, principally the Irish government’s Emigrant Support Programme, Culture Ireland, and our audiences, who support us throughout the year. Also remember that every ticket or coffee/ drink you buy at The London Irish Centre contributes to our work in promoting Irish culture and caring for Irish people in need. For that, we thank you. Bainigí sult as! Gary Dunne Director of Arts

What we do The London Irish Centre charity is the heart of the Irish community in London. For over 60 years we have been helping Irish people in real need. Our services are crucial to Irish people of all ages that are struggling, in crisis or just starting out. We have a range of different projects, from our Daycentre and Welfare Drop-in service, to computer classes and Befriending schemes to help those in need.

Date: 19th February 2016 Times: 20:00 Price: £10 – U16 Free Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann the global development agency for Irish traditional music bring The Echoes of Erin tour to the LIC. We welcome you to watch the cream of young Irish traditional musiciansand dancers for an evening of joyous entertainment that will warm the heart and brighten up the dark evenings.

NEW IRISH THEATRE My Name is Saoirse Date: 25th & 26th February 2016 Times: 20:00 Price: £12/£10

My Name is Saoirse is an award-winning one woman show, set in 1980’s rural Ireland. This tender play is a coming of age story that follows Saoirse, an ordinary, extraordinary 15 year old growing up in conservative Catholic Ireland, when she discovers that her life is about to change forever.

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Date: 27th February 2016 Times: 20:00 Price: £16/£14 (online) £18/£16 (door) International award winning Irish singer Jack Lukeman is one of Ireland’s most respected and best loved performers. Described as ‘a mixture of all the great voices of the 20th century’ by The Guardian, Jack brings his powerhouse

vocals and his critically acclaimed unique interpretative style to this exclusive solo performance at the London Irish Centre for one night only.

London Irish Book Club: The Little Red Chairs By Edna O’Brien

Date: 29th February 2016 Times: 19:00 Price: Free

Join your fellow book lovers to discuss some of the best in Irish writing, each month at The London Irish Centre. Upcoming Book Club dates are: • 21st March • 18th April • 23rd May

Set Dancing Sunday Session

Date: 6th March 2016 Time: 14:00 Price: £4

London’s largest and longest running Set Dancing Session. Join set dancing teacher Geoff Holland, every first Sunday of the month from 2-6pm for his Sunday Set Dancing Session. Four hours of non-stop sets, with waltz, quickstep, ceili and other Irish dances in between. Upcoming events: Sunday 3rd April, Sunday 1st May

Double Bill Book Launch: ‘1916’ & ‘Hesitant Comrades’


Date: 3rd March 2016 TIMES: 19:30 Price: Free (must be pre-booked

1916 by Kieran Allen and Hesitant Comrades by Geoffrey Bell are launched at the London Irish Centre. There will be two short lectures from two renowned scholars covering the Easter Rising and the Irish Revolution, followed by an audience Q&A. Hosted by Pluto Press in association with The London 1916 Commemoration Committee and The SE Region of the TUC.

A family friendly evening of traditional Irish music, song and dance, starting with a concert showcasing the talents of musicians, singers and dancers of all ages who learn these traditions through lessons at the London Irish Centre, with Meitheal Cheoil school of music.

HIGHLIGHT Big Night Out Charity Black Tie DINNER Date: 4th March 2016 Times: 19:00 til late Price: Individual Ticket £125/ Table of 10 £1200 Join us for an evening full of great entertainment and very special guests in our historic Camden home. With fabulous food, fantastic live and silent auctions, dancing and craic ‘till late, this will be a night to remember!

Date: 11th March 2016 Times: 19:30 Price: Free

Followed by a céilí for all, with dances called by Geoff Holland and display by the Semple-Morris School of Irish Dancing.


Date: 16th March 2016 Time: 19:00 Price: Free

We invite you to launch Bernard Canavan’s latest exhibition ‘Remembering Old Ireland’. This collection captures the social change in Ireland, from the place emigrants to London remember to the place it is today. As part of the post war exodus when some 800,000 left Ireland between 1945 and 1965, Bernard’s exhibition explores the political and social topics that impact this.

CICA St Patrick’s Breakfast & Mass


Date: 13th March 2016 TIMES: Mass 9:00 Breakfast 10:00 Price: £6 (Must be prebooked)

Date: 17th March 2016 Times: 13:00 Room: The Macnamara Suite Price: £10

The Council of Irish Counties Associations will get the St Patrick’s celebrations off to a good start with a mass, followed by a hearty Irish Breakfast.

Join us for a wonderful 2 course meal, including Irish favourite bacon & cabbage, followed by music from crowd favourite Mustang, to get us into the party spirit. An afternoon full of food, song, dance and raffle to top it off!

This very special event is in aid of the London Irish Centre Charity

St. Patrick’s Concert & Session with Na Leanaí

Date: 17th March 2016 Times: 14:00 Room: The Hub Price: Free

Sensational new Irish Folk band, Na Leanai, a 5 piece traditional Irish music group comes to the LIC. Expect everything from haunting airs that speak to the soul to lively jigs and close vocal harmonies that will give you goose bumps. Then bring your instruments along and enjoy a proper Irish trad session. There’s no better way to kick off your St Patrick’s Day celebration! Suitable for all ages.

St Patrick’s NIGHT BIG IRISH Pub Quiz Date: 17th March 2016 Times: 19:30 Room: The Macnamara Suite Price: £10/£8 with a jersey Tables of 6 £48 Wear your jersey with pride, get your mates together, and put your knowledge to the test, at what promises to be a great night with craic till late. With our guest quizmaster, and quality prizes for the winners, all proceeds with go to the LIC Charity. There’s no better place to celebrate St Patrick’s night in London!

St Patrick’s Night Dancin’ WITH LIVE BAND

Date: 17th March 2016 Times: 19:30 Room: Presidential Suite Price: £8

We’ll be dancing the night way, the only way we know how, with great live music, and plenty of craic at our Night Time Dancin’. LIC favourite, Mustang Band, will be bringing us all our old favourites, and singing us through the night to celebrate St Patricks Day, on the best night of the year to be Irish!

The BIG St Patrick’s Day Session

Date: 17th March 2016 Time: 16:00 - late Price: Free

Grab your instruments and your voices (toe-tapping included) and join the BIG St Patrick’s Day Session, with some very special friends of the LIC, they will be bringing us the very best in traditional Irish Music.

HIGHLIGHT Of This Brave Time ABBEY THEATRE AT THE LIC Date: 26th March 2016 Time: 14:30 & 20:00 Price: 14:30 - £14/12 (£12/10 online) 20:00 - £18/16 (£16/14 online) Ireland’s national theatre, The Abbey Theatre, bring their latest commission, Of This Brave Time by Jimmy Murphy to the London Irish Centre for a very special performance.

Of This Brave Time is based on eye witness testimonies of the Rising, taken from Fearghal McGarry’s book Rebels: Voices from the Easter Rising.

NEW IRISH THEATRE ‘A Fit Wife for a Revolutionary’ Easter Week 1916 through the eyes of Kathleen Clarke Date: 29th March – 3rd April 2016 Time: 20:00 (14:30 on 2nd April) Price: £12/£10 Biscuits for Breakfast Theatre Company bring their flawless one woman play to the London Irish Centre for one week only. Starring Award Winning West End performer Sharon Sexton, this intimate performance will tell the story of one of Ireland’s bravest heroines.

Irish Language: 8 Week Course (THREE LEVELS) Date: 12th, 13th & 14th April Time: 19:00 Price: £85 Our ever popular 8-week Irish Language Courses will be starting again in April, as part of the Teanga Beo strand of the Centre’s 1916 Commemoration programme. Absolute Beginners Classes, every Tuesday 12th April – 31st May 2016 Beyond Beginners Classes, every Wednesday 13th April – 1st June 2016 Speakers & Learners Classes, every Thursday 14th April – 2nd June 2016

EXHIBITION LAUNCH London Irish Library Launch

Date: 18th April 2016 Time: 19:00 Price: Free

Our long awaited London Irish Library opens its doors to the public and special guests at a special launch. A collection of Irish literature and writings is a new and exciting public resource that will be available to book.

TALK BY DR PADRAIG KIRWAN: The Story of THE Choctaw Indians and Irish People

Date: 21st April 2016 Time: 20:00 Price: Free

Winter 1847, as Ireland was being struck by a devastating famine, the Choctaw Nation gathered together funds to send the money to Ireland’s starving. Dr Padraig Kirwan retells the powerful narrative, examining notions of charity and empathy between the poor, dislocated and transient.


Date: 22nd April 2016 Time: 20:00 Price: £12/10

Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan have created a show which tells a story of Ireland’s 1916 rising through songs, music, poetry and stories of the era spanning 1890 to 1916. We find songs so familiar to generations of Irish people and shine an extra light in their significance. Come and celebrate this extremely important period of Ireland’s history on the centenary weekend.

Brendan Shine LIVE & in Concert

Date: 15th May 2016 Time: 19:30 (doors) Price: £15 all tickets

Irish television presenter and accordion player, Brendan Shine comes to the London Irish Centre for one night only. Grab your friends and join as we enjoy a night of song and storytelling.

HIGHLIGHT The Life and Songs of John McCormack BY TENOR PHILIP SCOTT

Date: 21st May 2016 Time: 20:00 Price: £15/12.50 concession

The Kildare Tenor, Philip Scott, tells the story of John McCormack’s extraordinary life, from humble beginnings in Athlone, to becoming one of the most famous tenors in the world through song, music and good humour.

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