Lewisham Irish Community Centre launched its annual report in April presenting highlights from the past year which included a wonderful celebration held at the Irish Embassy in September last year to commemorate 30 years of serving the local community.

The Charity was pleased to report the expansion of their Irish welfare services thanks to Irish Government funding and five year grant award from the City Bridge Trust.

We were delighted that Damian Egan Mayor of Lewisham officially reopened the event cutting the green ribbon to mark the special occasion. Kate O’ Sullivan from the Irish Embassy congratulated the Centre on their work and support towards the Irish Community for the past 30 years. Irish in Britain representative Susan Cahill introduced their 50th year heritage project encouraging the Irish community in Lewisham to participate in preserving the life stories of people of Irish heritage in Britain and the valuable contribution they have made through the recording and archiving of oral history interviews.

Finally, Colum Mackey (Chair of Trustees) and Kathleen Sheridan (CEO) thanked Lewisham Council for their support and commitment to the Irish community particularly the recent extensive refurbishments to the building. They also thanked the community of over 100 guests on the day for their continued support.

The evening concluded with music, song and dancing from Chloe Edwards-Wood and Michael O’ Hagan.