On the eve of Thanksgiving The Ireland Funds Young Leaders gathered for a night of celebration in the Michelin-starred Ox restaurant in Belfast. The Young Leaders were welcomed by OX co-owner Alain Kerloc’h and treated to an array of amazing food and selected wines.
Liam Cunningham, actor and star of Games of Thrones, addressed the Young Leaders and spoke of his deep love for Belfast and his awe at the drive, inspiration and absolute lack of cynicism of this generation. He implored them to keep going, noting those working for a strong Belfast, were truly Young Leaders.
Rev. Bill Shaw OBE, Director of the 174 Trust, spoke of his love for his hometown Belfast, his long-standing connection to The Ireland Funds, and the deep-rooted relationship between it and the 174 Trust. He spoke about the home of the 174 Trust, the Duncairn centre and how The Ireland Funds had helped in opening its doors. A strong supporter of the Belfast Young Leaders since their launch in September 2017, he commented it was such a positive step for Belfast to have a thriving chapter, and urged all to come for the party and stay for the mission.
With a final word of thanks for the work of The Ireland Funds, the Young Leaders who give it their time and talent, and organisations such as 174 Trust whose work is supported by The Ireland Funds, the evening continued in a spirit of Thanksgiving.
Photos – Neil Harrison