'Forgotten Irish' to be Remembered at London Ceremony
Hundreds of thousands of Irish came to London after World War 2 and helped to rebuild a city and country devastated by war and conflict. These men and women were instrumental in rebuilding the city and providing the skills, energy and expertise to restart the economy in London. They created a pathway for future generations of Irish who would make London their own.
Many achieved success and prominence, but for others, their contribution has been forgotten and it is these people, who worked in the construction industry, in hospitals, catering, offices and schools, who are to be remembered in this ceremony.
On the 26th June, at 2pm at the London Irish Centre, Camden Square, NW1 9XB, the Friends of the ‘Forgotten Irish’ and the London Irish Centre will unveil a memorial to their memory. The ceremony will be performed by Ambassador Dan Mulhall; Mayor of Camden, Councilor Richard Cotton and Margaret Brown of the Friends of the “Forgotten Irish”.
This memorial will be a sister plaque to the Commemorative Plaque unveiled at the East Pier in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin on the 15th May 2012. Given its heritage, the London Irish Centre is a fitting site for this community connection across the Irish sea.
We invite the Irish community in London to join us in paying tribute to these pioneering members of our community – no tickets or booking is required.
`For over 60 years the London Irish Centre has been a home-from-home for generations of newly arrived Irish. We are delighted to provide a site for this significant memorial plaque and to honour those who did so much in so many different ways to create this vibrant, special city.`
Dermot Murphy, Chair, London Irish Centre Charity