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    Dunbrody ship to become centre for emigration history

    Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

    The Dunbrody Visitor Centre will be transformed into a new national emigration history centre, thanks to a 1.88 million-euro grant under the National Development Programme.

    The New Ross Standard is reporting that the funding, provided by the Department for Arts, Sport and Tourism, will be used for the provision of additional exhibits and functions, including:

    • a genealogical facility
    • an exhibition of Ireland in the Famine times
    • a reconstruction of a New York streetscape
    • an Irish-American Hall of Fame

    The Dunbrody ship was a nineteenth-century three-masted ship that brought emigrants from Ireland to North America during and after the Famine. A replica of the ship was built and dedicated in 2001, and is now moored at the New Ross quay.  The visitor’s centre currently offers a recreation of  the emigrant experience. The webiste also offers a searchable migration database featuring information from ships’ records.
    Commenting on the funding, Seán Reidy, JFK Trust CEO told the paper:

    Fáilte Ireland considers Dunbrody to be an iconic flagship attraction of the highest international standards and on this basis are willing to further invest in the project to bring it to an even higher level, making it a national centre celebrating the amazing achievements of the Irish diaspora.

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    Gov awards $1.5 million to US groups

    Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

    The Department of Foreign Affairs has announced its funding for sixteen emigrant service organisations in the US, totalling $1.5 million (1.03 million euro).

    Since the establishment of the Irish Abroad Unit in 2004, the Department of Foreign Affairs has allocated more than USD8 million to the Irish Community Centres and Organisations in the United States.

    The funding is as follows, divided by consular area.

    New York 771,000
    – Aisling Irish Centre 126,000
    – Emerald Isle Immigration Centre 196,000
    – New York Irish Centre 130,000
    – Project Irish Outreach 112,000
    – Irish Immigration and Pastoral Centre/Immigrant Support Services, Philadelphia 132,000
    – Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform 50,000
    – Commodore Barry 25,000

    Washington DC 166,000
    – Ocean City Irish Student Outreach 1,000
    – Irish Apostolate 22,000
    – Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers 68,000

    Boston 372,000
    – Irish Immigration Center, Boston 200,00
    – Irish Pastoral Centre, Boston 172,000

    San Francisco 159,500
    – Irish Immigration and Pastoral Centre (IIPC), San Francisco 130,000
    – Seattle Irish Immigration Support Group (SIISG) 2,500
    – Irish Outreach San Diego 27,000

    Chicago 125,000
    – Irish Immigrant Support, Chicago 110,00015,000

    Total 1,518,500

    Visit the Department of Foreign Affair’s Irish Abroad Unit.

    Government gives $1.3 million to US groups

    Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

    Grants of nearly $1.3 million for US Irish organisations were announced yesterday by Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern. The money will go to 13 groups that are engaged in the provision of support, information and advisory services.

    The Minister said:

    “I am delighted to allocate increased funding, again this year, to the Irish immigration centres in the US. These grants reflect the Government’s continuing commitment to Irish communities abroad, particularly to supporting the vulnerable members of our community in the US. ?

    The Government has given a total of $1.431 million to Irish immigrant groups in the US; in April, Mr Ahern announced grants of $50,000 for the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform and $100,000 for the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centres in the US.

    The funded organisations include:

    For more information, read the press release.

    Golf tournament to benefit Irish in Britain

    Thursday, January 4th, 2007

    A major golf tournament in Ireland next year will benefit elderly Irish in Britain. The Safe Start Agency is joining with the Union of Irish Golf Societies and the Irish Post newspaper for a tournament that will involve 250 teams playing a championship course in each of the four provinces. Monies raised will go toward an expansion of services designed to prevent isolation of the elderly Irish in Britain. The Safe Start Foundation is an employment, training and accommodation charity. Based in Cricklewood, it was started in 1988 by Irish emigrants and is funded by Dion.

    More information in the Carlow Nationalist.

    Australian groups awarded grants

    Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

    Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern has announced over €100,000 in grants to several groups in Australia. The money is going to three Irish welfare centres and to Melbourne Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

    The Minister said:

    The Welfare Centres in Sydney and Melbourne are now taking on staff to develop their services. I am delighted to increase funding to these groups that do such invaluable work to support our communities in Australia. The centre in Woolongong, for instance, is engaged in community care to older Irish people who travelled to Australia some 50 years ago to work in the mines and factories of this industrialised area which has since experienced significant economic decline.

    While the focus of our efforts is inevitably in support of our vulnerable citizens in Britain, and also in the US, we must never ever forget that there are older and vulnerable Irish people elsewhere in the world who need our help, including as the present grants show in Australia.

    Department of Foreign Affairs announces additional funding

    Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

    Minister for Foreign Affairs announced on December 28 that the Government would give an additional €2 million to help emigrants. Of that funding, €1.6 million will go to nine Irish organisations in Britain to develop facilities for local communities.

    Mr Ahern said, “My particular priority has been to ensure that this additional support is targeted to services for our older and most vulnerable community in Britain?. He added, “We have a clear responsibility to this section of our community at all times, but especially so at this Christmas season.”

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