Irish Government gives £4.7million funding boost to Irish groups in Britain

Irish Government gives £4.7million funding boost to Irish groups in Britain

THE Irish Government will give £4.7million in grants to Irish groups and organisations in Britain.

Minister for the Diaspora Joe McHugh made the announcement in London today as he revealed details of this year's Emigrant Support Programme.

The grant total, going to 108 organisations, is down £100,000 on last year when £4.8 million was given to Irish groups in Britain.

Minister McHigh praised the work being done by the Irish Diaspora in Britain, while also acknowledging the difficult times ahead post-Brexit.

“I am delighted and privileged to announce the Government’s contribution to the great work being done all across Britain in support of our emigrants and the wider Irish community," he said.

"The organisations we support offer invaluable assistance to our emigrants, especially the most vulnerable, through advice and welfare programmes."

Minister McHugh said the funding was important for supporting "a vibrant and active Irish community in Britain as we face into challenging and uncertain times."

The Minister paid special tribute to the London Irish Centre, who face an ESP funding cut by £29,000 this year, and Immigration Counselling and Psychotherapy service (icap) who have had funding increased this year by £1,000.

“I have already benefited from meeting many of the incredible volunteers," the Minister said. "And have seen first-hand the enormous contribution they are making in a spirit of warmth and care for others, such as those I met in the London Irish Centre who provide such great solidarity for the elderly in their community."

"I am thinking also of the great work done by icap which I have been familiar with for many years. They work directly with many vulnerable members of the Irish community providing an invaluable service."

The Minister also spoke of meeting with membes of Conradh Na Gaeilge in Glasgow - who received a £250 increase in funding this year - and seeing their "great work to protect and promote the Irish language."

See who got what from the Irish Government this year... 


Acton Homeless Concern Emmaus House and The Damien Centre £30,000

Age UK Hillingdon £12,500

Aisling Project £95,000

Ashford Place (formerly CHC) £143,000


Basingstoke Irish Society £2,000

Bell Farm Christian Centre £6,000

Benefits Advice Shop £2,500

Birmingham Irish Association £197,000

Birmingham Tardiest Ltd £3,000

Bolton Irish Community Association £5,000

Brent Centre for Young People £18,000

Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS) £112,500

Brian Boru Club £19,000


Celtic & Irish Cultural Society £13,600

Connection at St. Martins, The £16,000

Conradh na Gaeilge, Glaschú £36,400

Corby Irish Centre £300

Corby Young At Heart Luncheon Group £6,000

Coventry Irish Society £60,500


Derby St. Patrick's Day Celebration £2,000


Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland £2,000

Emerald Centre, The £57,000

Emerald Circle Club £3,000

Emerald Senior Citizens Group £3,600


Feith an Cheoil School of Irish Traditional Music £4,500

Felling Irish Association £500

Friends, Families and Travellers £25,000


Golden Shamrock Club, The £8,500

Greenwich Irish Pensioners Association £3,500


Halifax and District Irish Society £4,500

Haringey Cultural and Community Centre £128,000

Haslingden IDL Club £4,000

Hibernian Society, The £15,000

Huddersfield Irish Centre £3,500

Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade Association £4,000


IIBN Ltd (Irish International Business Network) £40,000

Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP) £143,000

Innisfree Housing Association £5,000

Irish Arts Foundation £40,000

Irish Chaplaincy in Britain £220,000

Irish Club Warrington £8,250

Irish Community Care Manchester £125,338

Irish Community Care Merseyside £232,000

Irish Community Services £209,000

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith £120,000

Irish Diaspora Foundation £59,000

Irish Elderly Advice Network £100,000

Irish Film London £10,000

Irish Heritage £6,500

Irish Heritage Foundation, Glasgow £44,000

Irish in Britain £398,000

Irish Literary Society £2,500

Irish Music and Dance in London £12,500

Irish Pensioners Choir £2,000

Irish Pensioners Forum of East London £5,000

Irish Repertory Theatre and Film Company £8,000

Irish Tuesday Club, Liverpool £7,500

Irish Women's Survivors Support Network £50,000


Jersey Irish Society £3,500


Kilburn Irish Pensioners £2,000


Lancashire Federation of IDL Clubs £2,500

Leeds Gypsy & Traveller Exchange £45,000

Leeds Irish Health & Homes £121,000

Leeds Horseshoe Throwers £1,000

Leeds St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebrations £6,500

Leicester & Leicestershire Irish Forum £25,500

Lewisham Irish Community Centre £51,000

Lewisham Irish Pensioners Group £4,000

Liverpool Irish Festival £10,000

London Gypsy and Traveller Unit £79,500

London Irish Amateur Rugby Club £6,500

London Irish Centre £400,000

London Irish LGBT Network £3,000

Luton Irish Forum £106,500


Manchester Irish Education Group £1,000

Manchester Irish Language Group £500

Mansfield & Dukeries Irish Association £6,000

Maya Centre £15,000

Milton Keynes Irish Centre £10,200

Mind Yourself £50,000

Monica's Place £58,600


New Horizon Youth Centre £35,000

NOAH Enterprise £65,000

North Wales Irish Society £4,000

Northampton Irish Support Group £48,000

Nottingham St. Patrick's Day Parade £5,000


Oxford Irish Society £3,000


Passage, The £35,000

Portsmouth Irish Society £3,000


Safe Start Foundation £75,000

Sandwell Irish Society £34,500

SanKTus £24,000

Sheffield Irish Association £2,250

SIFA Fireside £15,000

Solace Women's Aid (Camden Women's Aid) £35,000

South London Irish Association, The £3,500

Southwark Irish Pensioners £127,500

Southwark Travellers Action Group £53,500

St. Michael's Irish Centre £45,500

St. Patrick's Festival Ltd. Birmingham £8,000

St. Patrick's Tuesday Luncheon Club £3,000

Street work UK £20,000


Teeside Irish Society £1,000

Traveller Movement, The (formerly ITMB) £120,000

Tyneside Irish Centre £14,000

Tyneside Irish Cultural Society £31,500


West Hampstead Women's Centre £5,000


York Irish Association £3,000