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Irish Emigrants in the US to receive support of over €1.8 million - Minister Deenihan announces


The Government is to provide more than €1.8 million to organisations which support vulnerable Irish emigrants in the United States, Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., announced today.

Speaking in New York, where he is meeting with Irish community and business groups, the Minister said:

“I am delighted to announce the award of Emigrant Support Programme grants to 34 organisations in the US, totalling over €1.8 million for 2014-2015. This funding will support projects which address the needs of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable Irish emigrants. It will enable Irish emigrants and Irish community organisations to access vital local services as healthcare, education, and housing. We are also funding community-focused services as the Irish Heritage Club, Seattle which encourage closer links between Irish communities abroad and Ireland, to the benefit of both."

The funding is part of the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP), which is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This year’s allocation is an increase of 7% on 2013 levels.

The largest single recipients are the Irish International Immigration Centre in Boston (€206,626), the Emerald Isle Immigration Centre in New York (€154,686) and the Chicago Irish Immigrant Support organisation (€147,862). These organisations serve as valuable welfare and social hubs and advice providers for Irish emigrants and communities in the United States. They provide a range of much-needed social services, such as counseling on health, social and financial issues, and impressive social and educational programmes which help new immigrants integrate into life in the US.

Minister Deenihan said:

“The announcement last month of €12.5 million in next year’s budget to support emigrants and engage with the diaspora worldwide is a significant achievement. It means we can maintain the level of Emigrant Support Programme funding and we have secured an additional €1 million for new diaspora projects and initiatives.”

Thanking those who run the centres for their work the Minister noted:

“Of course, support would not be possible without the ongoing, dedicated work of the Irish centres and other organisations here in New York and throughout the US. On behalf of the Irish Government, I thank you for your important work in supporting our community here. Thank you also for your part in promoting Irish culture and preserving our heritage in the US.”

Cultural and heritage grants of over €310,000 are also included as part of this round of grants. This includes a grant of some €100,000 to the Irish Cultural Centre of New England, while the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York will also receive some €46,710



Press Office

6 November 2014


Note for Editors:

Emigrant Support Programme - US Grant Recipients 2014

Washington DC   
Coalition of Irish Immigration Centres  $65,310 
Irish Apostolate USA  $17,500 
Irish Network USA  $55,000 
Irish International Immigrant Centre  $259,998 
Irish Cultural Centre of New England  $130,000 
Irish Pastoral Centre, Boston  $158,000 
Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform  $20,000 
Chicago Irish Immigrant Support  $195,000 
Ireland Network Chicago  $8,000 
Irish American Heritage Centre  $10,000 
Irish Heritage Centre, Cincinnati, Ohio  $20,000 
New York   
Aisling Irish Community Centre  $133,500 
American Irish Historical Society  $65,000 
Society of Commodore John Barry  $11,200 
Emerald Isle Immigration Centre  $204,000 
Fáilte Care Corporation /New York Irish Centre  $138,000 
Hudson Valley Irish Fest Inc  $9,000 
Irish American Heritage Museum  $10,000 
Irish Heritage Society of Milford  $10,000 
Irish Immigration Centre, Philadelphia  $130,500 
Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation  $5,000 
Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York  $102,900 
Battery Heritage Foundation at Watson House  $15,000 
New York University  $35,000 
Irish International Business Network New York  $45,000 
Irish Repertory Theatre  $58,500 
San Francisco   
Crossroads Irish-American Festival  $10,000 
Irish Immigration & Pastoral Centre  $163,300 
Irish Heritage Club  $13,000 
Irish Outreach San Diego  $49,825 
Irish Technology Leadership Group  $90,000 
The University of Montana The Gathering: Collected Oral Histories of the Irish in Montana  $35,000 
Arís Theatre  $3,000 
St. Patrick Foundation  $65,000 
TOTAL  $2,340,533