Swan Lake with Juggernauts - Aisling Trip to Mayo, Christmas 2010

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Alex McDonnell reports on anther trip to Mayo negotiating extreme weather conditions and missed family reunions.

Craic-ing night of comedy for Aisling

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A craic-ing night of comedy was had by all on 12 December at the
Bloomsbury Ballroom, in London's West End. Vince Power's stylish art
deco venue was host to the best line-up of Irish comedy talent since
Dave Allan and Des O'Connor played a double header at the London
Palladiium in 1972.
 
The picture (by Malcolm McNally) shows Ardal O'Hanlon, patron and
tireless supporter of Aisling, with Aisling coordinator Alex McDonnell,
sharp-witted comedian Deirdre O'Kane, wacky musical funnyman Dave

Aisling comedy show - 12th December Bloomsbury Ballroom

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All Irish comedy extravaganza for Aisling - Appearing in this year’s Aisling comedy benefit is a top of the range line-up of Irish comedy talent brought together by Aisling patron Ardal O’Hanlon.

Tommy Tiernan
Ardal O’Hanlon
Dave O’Doherty
Ian Coppinger

….are all working for free to support the work of Aisling

Stones in Their Pockets - part 1

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Alex McDonnell gives an account of Aisling’s latest journey to the west of Ireland.

(photo: Aisling returnee in Galway, summer 2010)

Joe arrived from Robertson Street, a south London hostel where we do a lot of work with their Irish clients. Sarah, his keyworker brought him to Camden for the pick up and was beaming at the prospect of Joe going to Galway with Aisling. This will be his first trip home in 30 years and he was doing a little jig with her now on the pavement outside the London Irish Centre.

Stones in Their Pockets - part 2

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On the way back home Phyllis announced that she would like to visit her cousin in Spiddal. She had procrastinated about meeting her for some time but now as we were approaching Spiddal the time presented itself and we stopped and asked for the address in the local shop where she used to work. The assistant explained how to get to the house just off the main road.

With Aisling in Galway, 2010

With Aisling in Galway, 2010

Picture from Aisling's recent trip to Galway.

Photo from Aisling Trip - Galway 2010

Photo from Aisling Trip - Galway 2010

Picture taken on Aisling's latest summer trip to Galway, 2010. Full story above...

A Night At The Races - Benefit for Aisling

Aisling Return to Ireland would like to invite you to the Sheephaven Bay Pub, 2, Mornington Street, NW1 7QD for a Night at the Races on Tuesday 5th October at 7.30 p.m. Your support will be greatly appreciated either by sponsoring a race £50, naming a horse £10 (with a chance to win a bottle of champagne) and coming along on the night.
 

As Arlington House gets a revamp, Aisling gets mentioned in The Economist

"JOSEPH STALIN stayed in a Rowton House in 1907. Jack London and
George Orwell both wrote of these workingmen’s hostels. Arlington House,
the last and the biggest of them, was built by the philanthropist Lord
Rowton in Camden in 1905, and has been home to more Irish labourers than
any other building outside the Emerald Isle, an Irish charity says. But
those who could moved on, and over time a handsome place intended to be
a decent haven for low-paid but clean-living workers became the haunt
of drunks and drug-abusers. It was known as the biggest doss-house in

Remembering Arlington Exiles

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Arlington House is a large hostel for single men in Camden Town. It has been home to many thousands of workers, poets and visionaries over the 105 years of its long history. Among those who have spent the night under its Victorian gothic roof are George Orwell, Brendan Behan, Ho Chi Min and Patrick Kavanagh the Irish poet who said in his autobiographical book The Green Fool:

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