Irish Centre plays host to Cooperation Ireland
Tuesday, 29 January 2008, a networking session was held at
St Michael’s Irish Centre in Anfield, giving local business
people the chance to meet people from the Irish community,
including Irish Businesses Abroad, championing businesses in
Ireland and especially to hear representatives of
Cooperation Ireland and one of their sponsors, Braidwater,
who are planning a black tie Gala Fundraising Dinner, to be
held in Liverpool Town Hall, on Thursday, 6 March 2008, at
7.15 pm. There are, reportedly, a few tickets still
This will be a repeat
of last year’s successful event at the same venue. The dinner will
be attended by Roman Catholic Archbishop Kelley and Anglican Bishop
Jones as well as Cllr. Bradley.
Mr Mike Murphy, Co founder of the organisation, spoke about its
origins. It was instigated nearly 30 years ago, by a group of Dublin
business men, when the troubles were at their height, to help bridge
the divide between North and South. It works steadfastly to promote
peace and reconciliation between the peoples of the Republic of
Ireland and of Northern Ireland and also cross community in the
latter, including a project involving some 9000 people; probably the
largest reconciliation programme in the world. There are a wide
range of undertakings, advancing mutual respect and understanding by
promoting practical co-operation. Support is also given by the EU
and USA. Prestigious patrons are Her Majesty the Queen and President
Mary McAleese of Eire. Vice patrons are the Archbishop of
Canterbury, the Archbishop of Westminster, the Chief Rabbi and the
Moderator of the Free Church Federation. Mike Murphy
told us that, despite the big changes for the better, there is still
a real need to continue work at community level. There are still
tensions .Violence is unlikely to return but still possible. It may
take two or three generations to fully resolve. Meanwhile such
programmes remain vital.
Fund raising events
are being held throughout the year, across Britain and Ireland but
Liverpool has been chosen for special, mutually helpful projects
because of its strong Irish connections and because of its status as
European Capital of Culture, this year. Initially teachers from
Liverpool schools will be chosen to become part of a cross cultural
association but it is also planning to begin schemes working with
children in more challenging areas of this city and to involve them
in programmes which have been so successful in Northern Ireland. It
is vital to work with young people both here and in Ireland.
Cooperation Ireland deserves our full support.
For more information,
or ring 0151 601 8 688 for more details
Another event for your diaries:- Liverpool Irish Centre – who,
incidentally, provided us with a delicious bowl of Irish stew. Thank
you! - is running an event on Sunday afternoon, 20 April 2008, in St
Georges Hall and will portray the story of Liverpool’s Irish
community, from their immigration at the time of the potato famine,
in the 18 century, to the present day.
It sounds fascinating and
will, we hope, we hope it will be well supported.
New snack hits the market
A new snack is being introduced to the market. St Dalfour,
French Bistro is a convenience food with a difference. It is
innovatively vacuum- packed with an easy, peel back lid, without a
single additive; no colorants, no artificial sweeteners, no chemical
nasties, all natural but still tasty! French Bistro is being offered
in a range of nine dishes, including four vegetarian and four are
wheat and gluten free. It is low in fat and calories. Salt is
included but additional salt and pepper comes in a separate sachet,
a nice touch. French food without fuss, healthily prepared and ideal
for snacks, picnics and lunch boxes, it can also be used as an
adjunct to other foods. It can be microwaved for a warming dish.
Worth looking out for!
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