On St Patrick’s Day at St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre a function was organised by Margaret Brown, native of Mullinalaghta, and Fr Billy Farrell, PP, St. Joseph’s Church Glasthule, Co Dublin (a native of Edgeworthstown) to raise funds for the ‘Forgotten Irish’ emigrants in London.
“Whilst many Irishmen and women who emigrated post World War 11 did eventually return home, a sizable number did not,” said Margaret. “These people are now moving into old age and feel separated from their homeland due not only to the length of time they have been absent but also with the passing away of many of their kinsfolk.
As time has passed so too has the likelihood of these people ever being able to return to the home of their birth.
“Now as they move into their older years many find themselves on the margins of society, destitute, living on the street, in prisons or in hostels.
“In addition to these dreadful barely subsistence living conditions many also suffer from health problems particularly mental health difficulties including alcoholism and schizophrenia. A vicious cycle of poverty, isolation, homelessness and alcohol abuse has become all too common place,” Margaret explained.
“With this mind we held once again an Irish Coffee Morning on St Patrick’s Day in the St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre, Glasthule.
This event was a tremendous success with all proceeds going to The London Irish Centre for the ‘Forgotten Irish’ emigrants,” she added.