Aisling Comedy Show with Dara O’Briain - Sun Dec 6th at Bloomsbury Ballroom

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Aisling Return to Ireland Project is organising another annual comedy benefit night to be held on Dec 6th at the Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, 37-63 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1B. Tickets are £20 and available from

https://www.eventelephant.com/aislingcomedybenefit

The Kilburn Peninsula

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There is an advertising campaign on the telly at the moment for Kerrygold butter featuring strapping farmer types with Kerry-sounding accents, possibly graduates of RADA or the Abbey but pretty lifelike all the same. It reminds of when my old mate Joe McGarry was stopped in Camden High Street by an advertising executive a few years ago. This was when Joe was still a resident of Arlington House and was in the first flush of his recovery from years of hard drinking when every day was an adventure and the world seemed to hold so many possibilities. The ad person was looking for a farmer type for a breakfast cereal ad and thought that Joe fitted the bill nicely, which he did as he was one of the last old Camden farmers, most of them having died off in Arlington from BSE or swine flu (or alcoholism).

Joe was taken for some sort of an audition to a studio in Soho but heard nothing since. I guess they used his screen test to train a clean cut RADA (or Abbey) actor how to speak in a rural county Antrim accent for the job. But I am seriously thinking of putting Mossie forward for a Kerrygold ad after seeing him shaving during our trip to Durrus in West Cork this September. Mossie is a big, bluff, strapping farmer type who has the added benefit of being from Kerry and being a farmer (at least historically). Mossie has been in London for years, living in and around Kilburn where his big frame and swinging walk mark him out as one of the last of the kings of the High Road. Before he arrived in London he was in America working as a bricklayer off the cards and was eventually deported arriving at Dublin airport with nothing but the clothes he was standing up in. Without a penny in his pocket Mossie set out from Dublin in a south-westerly direction. After a couple of weeks tramping overland he landed at his mother’s house in Kerry his clothes in tatters and his shoes worn through.

Photo from the Aisling trip to Cork 2009

Photo from the Aisling trip to Cork 2009

On a return trip to Ireland with the Aisling Project.

2009 Aisling Trip to Cork - Photo

2009 Aisling Trip to Cork - Photo

Photo from the recent Aisling trip to Cork

Another Picture from the Aisling Trip to Cork

Another Picture from the Aisling Trip to Cork

Photo from the recent 2009 Aisling trip to Cork...

Early Celt or Alien? - Aisling Trip to Donegal Reveals Some Quare Goings-On

Early Celt or Alien? - Aisling Trip to Donegal Reveals Some Quare Goings-On

"While Des was being stuffed with tea and cake we decide to check out more of our Celtic heritage and drove by Lough Erne taking the lower lough road which goes onto Boa Island on the lough which is connected by bridges at either end. In the middle of the Island is Caldragh graveyard which has two famous residents..."

Read the full story and Aisling co-ordinator Alex McDonnell's views on the similarity between early Celtic figures and our collective idea of 'aliens' in his latest, moving, account of an Aisling trip to Donegal

Good Morning Paddy’s Day

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Alex McDonnell writes of good times in Dublin and Wicklow on Ireland’s national day…

"Good morning,

I was out for Saint Patrick’s day in Dublin yesterday and had the pleasure of meeting client's of yours with John, I think his surname was Glynn....it was the first time in my life I was truly touched by a charity or organisation such as your own.

Cian McLaughlin Auctions Painting for Aisling, Raises 15,000 Euros

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Aisling Support Worker Charlie Conquest & Cian McLaughlin [left] with Cian's painting of 'Pops Johnny' which was auctioned at the Molesworth St. Gallery in Dublin on 28th November raising euro15,000 for Aisling.

Recently, Cian visited the Aisling offices in London to present the cheque, and copies of his paintings...

Cian McLaughlin - Portrait of Aisling Client

Cian McLaughlin - Portrait of Aisling Client

Aisling support worker Alex McDonnell displays another superb portrait by artist Cian McLaughlin [left] of an Aisling client.

Cian McLaughlin - Painting of Aisling Client

Cian McLaughlin - Painting of Aisling Client

Aisling support workers John and Alex [holding painting] with artist Cian McLaughlin [left]. The painting is of Aisling client Gerry Griffin.

Many of Cian's recent paintings have been inspired by the work of the Aisling Project.

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