Last night the London Irish Centre (LIC) held its annual fundraising black-tie ball known as the ‘Big Night Out’, with tickets sold out months ago. Well known personality and patron of the LIC charity, Dermot O’Leary was the guest of honour at the event in Camden and talked warmly about his Irish roots and how pleased he is to be getting behind the work of the LIC.
The annual event is a fixture in the London Irish calendar, raising much-needed funds for the LIC’s work with vulnerable Irish in London. An emotive appeal video (below) featuring powerful testimonies from client who have benefited from the LIC was shown on the night also.
Dermot O’Leary who was announced as patron to the LIC in December said of the event:
“The Big Night Out was a fantastic success and really fun. As I said previously It’s a big honour for me to be a patron of the LIC. I’m very proud of my Irish heritage, my parents were part of the post war generation of immigrants who came to London to find a new life, so the London Irish community is one that is very close to my heart.”
The LIC’s CEO Ian McLintock said:
“The Big Night Out is a great occasion to highlight all the great work undertaken by the London Irish Centre and its volunteers. We’re delighted to have Dermot on board as a patron and the success of last night’s event on serves to highlight how important he is to the Irish community in the UK.”
The LIC are the historic heart of the Irish in London, run by and for the community for over 60 years. It has two key areas of work: (i) Looking after the most vulnerable Irish in London and (ii) Promoting Ireland and Irish culture to London. It also engages with a huge online community, with reach of over 100,000 people.
About the London Irish Centre:
The London Irish Centre (LIC) is the heart of the Irish community in London. The LIC is both a Registered Charity and an Irish community centre in Camden Square, London NW1. For sixty years, The LIC has been both supporting Irish people in London and promoting Irish arts and culture. For more information, visit here: www.londonirishcentre.org.