Music and dance brings Irish community together as popular social event returns
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Music and dance brings Irish community together as popular social event returns

MEMBERS of the Luton Irish Forum (LIF) recently came together with locals in their area to celebrate the return of the charity’s regular socials at The Celtic Club.

More than 120 members enjoyed a buffet lunch, live music from traditional Irish musicians Brian Burke, Danny Considine and Kevin Naughton and dancing to top tunes from LIF volunteer DJ Dave Crean.

The tasty buffet, prepared and served by volunteers and staff

Raffle prizes included bottles of Irish whiskey, a leather handbag, a beautiful fruit basket, original paintings and other generous donations from LIF supporters.

Noelette Hanley, CEO of LIF (centre), with volunteers who made the social possible

The event was sponsored by BLCF (Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation) a leading local grant-maker which aims to improve the lives of people in Bedfordshire and Luton, known for its investment in supporting local charities and deep relationships with grassroots groups such as LIF.

Regular attendee to LIF socials, Janet Maugham commented: “It was wonderful to see everybody after Covid lockdown. There was great laughter, singing and dancing.”

Sisters of Mercy Kathleen (left) and Antoinette

By contrast, it was the first time Philomena had been to an LIF social and she had a great time.

“Turned up at the Celtic Club not knowing anyone, was on my own, and ended up chatting to everyone like I’d known them for years,” she said.

Lily Mulvaney and Mick Keane

Betty Donlon declared: “Thoroughly enjoyed the whole day from start to finish, everything was perfect.”

Georgia added: “I was made to feel so welcome by everyone.”

Josie and Larry Byrne enjoy LIF’s regular social events

Luton Irish Forum provides a welfare advice service, affordable activities and cultural opportunities for local people of all ethnicities.

Click here or phone 01582 720 447 for details.