4th December, 2010

Annual Winter Ball

The most eagerly awaited event in the Ireland Fund of Great Britain  calendar took place on Saturday 4th December , The IFGB Winter Ball  was held in the iconic Savoy Hotel, recently  re-opened after a 2 year major refurbishment.

Over 350 guests enjoyed a champagne reception in the River Room followed by a fabulous dinner and dancing in the magical setting of the Lancaster Ballroom, the 1940’s dress code of White Mischief added an extra note of glamour to the evening.

Guests were welcomed by IFGB Co-Chair Basil Geoghegan who spoke about the  shared ethos and uniqueness  of  The Ireland Funds which is the largest  global Irish philanthropic group. 

He reminded them that support is needed more then ever before for those that are in need of our help, in particular the beneficiaries of the Forgotten Irish Campaign, the elderly and vulnerable Irish living in the UK. He thanked everyone for their ongoing support and generosity.

Irish actor and director Adrian Dunbar was the guest speaker and he gave a  entertaining account of successful irish artists who came to London including Oscar Wilde and  George Bernard Shaw. He praised the work of the Ireland fund of Great Britain in continuing to raise funds and awareness in difficult economic times.

Many thanks to Aviva, The Merrion Hotel, Cityjet ,Fitzpatricks Hotels, Orla Kiely, Lir Chocolates and Laurent Perrier.