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Message to our members and friends from Tony Corcoran, secretary Tyneside Irish Centre



The Irish government’s Department of Foreign Affairs has given a coalition of Irish organisations in North East England a substantial grant to combat social and cultural isolation in the present crisis. To manage the project a management group has been formed including:

Pat Martin, Kevin MacAleese and Carol Hill from the Irish Centre committee. Mary Kelly, Barbara Flynn and Liam Haughton from the Cultural Society and Gerry Lynch who is well-known for the great volunteer work he’s done for many years at the Freeman Hospital.

Many of you are already working to keep in touch and help one another whilst our centre and its clubs (Thursday, Tea Dance, Tara and ROSS) are closed down. The management group has appointed P.J. Morrissey to act as co-ordinator for to aid and extend this work. The project will run initially to the end of July. PJ will be contacting some of our “activists” and those who have volunteered to help in the next few days.

Other elements in the programme are a regular newsletter mailed to the significant numbers who don’t do e mail, a social media campaign with an enhanced presence on Facebook, Twitter and the rest and an extensive cultural and educational offering accessible on computer and mobile phone.

Please stand by for our daily updates and get in touch if you have suggestions or ideas or just want to help.

Meanwhile please keep safe.

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