June is a dry month


A memorable time was had by (almost) all on Aisling’s annual ‘dry’ trip to Waterford. Report by Alex McDonnell

We had some of the hottest weather in Irish history on the first couple of days of our trip to Waterford this year. We arrived in sweltering heat and booked into the holiday homes high on the hill overlooking Dunmore East bay by the manager who looked as tanned and fit as if she were running a health spa in the Caribbean not a group of dodgy self-catering houses in the south of Ireland. 

Aisling in Wicklow 2013


Aisling’s annual trip to Wicklow in March had some unintended consequences for the families of returning emigrants recalls
Alex McDonnell

Aisling at Glastonbury

Aisling at Glastonbury

Alex McDonnell went to Glastonbury festival with a group of volunteers in June this year to raise money for Aisling.

Enda Delaney, author of acclaimed book about the Irish in Britain, donates royalties to Aisling

Enda Delaney, author of a widely acclaimed study of the Irish in post-war Britain ( see  http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199686070.do#.UaSOM3gnJXF ) has kindly offered to donate royalties from the forthcoming paperback edition to the Aisling project.
This major new history of Britain's largest migrant group is expected to be available in Sept/Oct 2013. 

Suitcase of Paper


Hello there

My name is Jennifer Byrne and I am a folk singer/songwriter fromWexford,Ireland. I just wanted to make contact to share some personal news with you at Aisling.

Aisling Gig Reviewed in Evening Standard


London's Evening Standard gave the recent Aisling benefit gig a great review - with especial praise for our patron (saint) Ardal O'Hanlon. The review was published in the paper and on their website (scan of the newspaper article above).

O'Hanlon's stand-up is as original and offbeat as ever, says Bruce Dessau

Stag's Head Reunion on Feb 23rd

Stag's Head Reunion on Feb 23rd

Bert Griffin the guv'nor at the Stag's Head pub in Camden Town was one of Aisling's greatest supporters in the early days of the project.

In 2004 the pub closed leaving many a heartbroken local and regular with nowhere to go. Well at least for one night only we can all get together again at another legendary Camden pub - The Golden Lion in Royal College St. Conor Griffin, Bert's son is organising a Stags Head reunion on *23rd February* (not the 2nd as first thought) and is inviting all to attend.

Aisling comedy benefit - 3rd February

Aisling comedy benefit - 3rd February

We have just added to an already top notch comedy bill, the very funny London Irish comedian John Moloney, who went down a storm at our gig last year....

Plus an amazing line up of prizes for our world-renowned raffle...(so don't leave at the interval)

1. Weekend cottage holiday in Ireland donated by Trident holidays including car travel donated by Irish Ferries.

2. Framed limited edition print of UK Champion Jockey Richard Hughes, 'Super 7' at Windsor by renowned equine artist Elizabeth Armstrong

3. three course meal for 2 at the Hard Rock Café.

Aisling Comedy Night - Bloomsbury Theatre Feb 3rd

Aisling has a great line-up lined-up for this years comedy benefit:
 As always our patron Ardal O'Hanlon will be mastering the ceremonies with Milton Jones 'the funniest man on the telly', hilarious actor/comedian Brendan Dempsey making his return to Aisling, something different from 'genuinely alternative' comedian Sara Pascoe and very talented Drogheda native writer actor and performer Yasmine Akram all working for free for the Aisling cause making this one of our best ever comedy shows with something for everyone.

Season's Greetings from Aisling


Happy New Year from the Aisling Project! Hope all our supporters and helpers (and fans) had a great Christmas. Looking forward to working with you all in 2013...

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