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TARA CLUB TAKES OFF - Fancy joining us in January?

Tyneside Irish centre’s new project, the Tara Lunch club, is going from strength to strength

Its meeting on 7th December was attended by about seventy senior members most of whom are Irish emigrants who came to Newcastle in the nineteen sixties and seventies.

“What a lovely atmosphere!” said Alice Delahunty originally from Fermanagh. After the hot lunch diners enjoyed a seasonal selection from Longford’s showband star, Dermot Hegarty. Special guest was John “Ando” Anderson the former Newcastle United and Ireland defender who is now the “voice of Ireland” on BBC Radio Newcastle. Ando entertained everyone with his Dublin humour and tales of his days with Jack Charlton. A rousing welcome was reserved for Father Pat O’Connell as the popular Cork priest returned to the centre after serious illness.

There is an open invitation to Irish seniors in the North East to “ come into the parlour”. The next lunch is on Friday 4th January 2019 when Dermot will once again provide the entertainment and there will also be a celebrity guest.

Please get in touch with Pauline or myself in the office on 0191 2610384 or better still e-mail us at

The Tara Lunch Club is sponsored by the Emigrant Support Programme of the Government of Ireland and meets on the first Friday of every month in the Tyneside Irish Centre in central Newcastle upon Tyne.

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