Another Successful Year! St Patrick’s Festival & Parade Draws to a Close
That’s a Wrap! Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival & Parade Draws to a Close. And just like that, it’s all over for another year! Thousands flocked to Digbeth on Sunday 11th March to attend the annual Birmingham St. Patrick’s Festival, in partnership with Kiely Bros and the Parade was once again a huge success, despite falling on the same day as Mothering Sunday. The day began with the Emerald Mile, in partnership with South and City College, a charity fun run consisting of two laps around the mile-long parade route. This was the second edition of the St. Patrick’s Fun Run and all proceeds made go straight back into keeping the festival going. Participants were awarded prizes including £100 for the fastest runner and tickets to see The Vamps at the Nottingham Motorpoint Arena. The fastest runner was Lorraine Marchal with an amazing time of 12:58 and the best fancy dress prize was awarded to Andrew Bennett, who ran the race in an impressive getup – ‘Grandad’ from Mrs Brown’s Boys. The Parade began at midday, heralded by the incredible Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums band. It began at Camp Hill and travelled in a loop around Digbeth, led as always […]
Celebrating 20 Years of Taaffe House
Deputy Lord Mayor Mike Leddy joined the celebrations as clients and staff celebrated 20 years of Taaffe House and Nehemiah UCHA. Sharon Toy Scheme Manager for and Llewellyn Graham CEO welcomed guests and provided a big Irish welcome for the Deputy Lord Mayor, complete with music and dancing from Little Jimmy and Micky Rice.
Birmingham Irish Cycle Appeal Raise £2,500 for Birmingham Irish Association
Pictured, left to right: Sean Argue, Joe Hetherington, Joanne Mc Callion, Christina Mc Callion, Trudy McGroarty, Des Brennan and Anthony Gilleran BICA are a group of charitable characters who partake in a cycle tour each year to raise money for local charities, and they have kindly raised £2,500 for the Birmingham Irish Association Dementia Centre. Joe Hetherington and crew had nominated Birmingham Irish as one of the charities they support. The money will go towards running the Birmingham Irish Dementia Centre. The centre runs from St Anne’s Parish Centre four days a week, and is open to Irish people (1st, 2nd or subsequent generations) that are suffering with dementia. The service is free of charge, with hot lunch and transport to and from the centre provided. This much needed service provides an opportunity for the families, community and for the carers to have some much needed respite. It is the first of its kind in Birmingham and is specifically for the Irish community. CEO of Birmingham Irish Association, Maurice Malone said “We are hugely thankful for the kind donation. The dementia centre is becoming a very popular service, and the donation will go a long way towards maintaining the high […]
Birmingham Irish Association launch The Craic App and Website!
The Craic.co.uk – the new website and app for what’s Irish and what’s on! The digital one-stop-shop for all things Irish has been commissioned by Birmingham Irish Association. They believe the new website and app – suitably called “The Craic” has the potential to provide a much-needed nationwide service by identifying and promoting Irish cultural and heritage and sporting events. The Craic website and app will provide a database of all Irish venues, events and festivals across the UK. Users will be able to search for nearby up and coming Irish events and Irish organisations such as GAA clubs, dance schools and parish centres. The aim of the website is to display all available information on upcoming Irish events across the UK, which users can then filter by location, venue and event type e.g dancing lessons, trad sessions, or live music events. The Craic will also feature a ticket-selling platform enabling the sale of digital tickets on behalf of all associated organisations, without expensive commissions going to third-party providers. It will also feature an Irish shop selling all your favourite merchandise, Kimberley biscuits, Barry’s Tea and of course Tayto’s crisps! The Craic will enable venue owners and event organisers to […]