21st June, 2013

Midsummer 25th Anniversary Party 2013

On the 21st June, the exact date the founding document of The Ireland Fund of Great Britain was signed by Sir Tony O'Reilly and the late Josephine Hart some 25 years ago, a gathering of friends and supporters took place in the splendid surroundings of one of the most prestigious private clubs on London's Pall Mall. 

Sir Terry Wogan, a founding member, spoke with his usual sparkling wit about his memories of the early days when life for the Irish in the UK was very different to today.  He paid tribute to Sir Tony’s foresight in establishing a fund to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and paid tribute to all those who have supported the many projects over the years.  Sir Terry was joined by 6 other founding members on the night; all of whom have kept in close touch with the IFGB over the years.

Basil Geoghegan, a board member for 13 years and Co-Chair for the past 4, had earlier that week retired from the board.  He will now join Peter Sutherland as Patron.  Basil received tributes for his sterling service from Chairman Ruth McCarthy on behalf of the board and the team.