News on Aisling Trips to Ireland.

Faithful Departed - Aisling in Co Dublin trying to contact the living….and the dead, by Alex McDonnell

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When Tom left Dublin 25 years ago he came straight to London and went straight on the drink and straight onto the streets. Since then Aisling has seen Tom in various hostels throughout London and he is now in a small, supported shared house in Ealing where his drinking is limited to three cans of beer each Sunday. This has had a dramatically positive effect on his health and Tom was now ready and willing to come to Dublin with us last December.

Friendship and Family Not Fracking

Some emotional homecomings on Aisling’s first visit to Leitrim, but for how long will its wild beauty remain unspoiled? By Alex McDonnell.Aisling will be 20 next March (2014) and for most of the last two decades we have known Frank well, first when he lived in Arlington House where he spent a lot of his time drinking and hiding away and later when he managed to get through a detox and rehab programme and he was one of the first residents of Stockdale House, the ‘dry’ house near Mornington Crescent between Camden and Euston.


The forgotten Irish by Dervilla Keegan

It must have felt a far cry from Camden Town and the cottage ahead chimney puffing smoke from it, a world away from Arlington House. But they came slowly up the path, some on crutches, some halting, to drink in the view and others chatting to new acquaintances. 

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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

Man In A Suitcase - Hand luggage only with Aisling the no-frills holiday company

(By Alex McDonnell ) Jim came with us on our last trip to Donegal when he had a surprise encounter with his brother for a few days in Monaghan. This year John had arranged for Jim to stay with his sister in Cavan. On our way to the ferry we picked Jim up from his home in a quiet little street in Cricklewood, a nondescript terrace off the main road where all of the traffic in London seems to be ploughing through on its way to the M1.

Among the Wicklow Hills

By Alex McDonnell
We were less than an hour away from Holyhead and in good time to make the ferry. John and Mary and the gang in the other minibus were well behind and would be lucky to get to the ferry on time. These days we only have one minibus and had to borrow another one from Danny Sullivan, the contractor from North London via Kerry, to carry 10 of the 20 returning emigrants and supporters who were making this trip to Wicklow. 

Here to Clare - Homecomings happy and sad on Ireland’s rockiest shore

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We are trying out
a new format these days organising more sharply focussed trips which
can deliver high impact solutions for our clients in smaller more
cohesive groups (as it says here in the new Aisling business plan –
‘Working Together for On-going Solutions in the Next Irish

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