DUBLIN AROUND THE WORLD connect 2018 • 75 May, 2018 The Ireland Funds fifth annual Spring Gala was held in Dub- lin’s InterContinental Hotel, Ballsbridge on Friday 18 May. The event honored actor Aidan Gillen with The Ireland Funds Spirit of Ireland Award. He attended with his partner, singer, Camille O’Sullivan and he spoke of his experience of philanthropy in the arts, and of the work of The Ireland Funds’ grantee, The Irish Arts Center in New York. As is now a Spring Gala tradition, on the night guests entered the Diamond Draw, to win a diamond kindly sponsored by Cullen & Co Jewellers. After dinner, guests danced the night away with tunes from Spring Break. The Ireland Funds Spring Gala 1 4 7 2 5 8 3 6 1 Back Row: L-R: Fintan McGovern, Dareth Newton, Paul McClatchie; Front Row: Catherine Hughes, Lorraine Fenelon, Siobhán Gallagher, Katherine Juhas, Mairead O’Brien 2 Shane Horan, Alexandra Ramirez 3 Catherine Hughes, Lisa Kearns, Fiona Conway 4 Avril O’Flynn, Orna Holland 5 Alan Foy, Aidan Gillen, Caitriona Fottrell, Ronan Foley 6 Aidan Gillen, Katherine Juhas 7 David Mathews, Justin Van der Spuy, Laura Abrahamse, Paul McClatchie, Gerard Ryan, Will Sparks, Pat Brown, Brendan Meehan 8 George Dargan, Brid O’Shea, Dee Colgan, Davis Colgan, Guests Photos: Mark Stedman, Dee Organ