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Minister Deenihan celebrates Irish Architecture in London


Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan TD, will today (Tuesday) visit London to take part in We Built this City, an initiative run by the Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Irish Design 2015 and the office of the Minister for Diaspora Affairs. We Built this City is a celebration of the contribution Irish people have made to the built environment from historic to contemporary times and will take place today in London, with similar events taking place in New York and Chicago later in the year.

This will be the concluding event of London Festival of Architecture 2015 at which Ireland has been the inaugural country of focus. The annual London Festival of Architecture is a month-long, citywide celebration of architecture.

Speaking in advance of the event in London, Minister Deenihan said:

“I am delighted to support and take part in this celebration of Ireland’s contribution to the creation of some of the greatest cities around the world. Irish men and women helped to build not only the infrastructure, but also the social fabric of the communities in these cities.

“From the men that laboured on the construction sites, the large Irish construction companies that built so many of the iconic buildings, to award winning architects like O’Donnell Tuomey, Irish people have always been a part of what makes London great.”

While in London, Minister Deenihan will also have the opportunity to visit the site of the new Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith. This new centre, supported by the Emigrant Support Programme, will provide a purpose-built premises on the site that has been home to Irish culture in London for many years.

Press Office
30 June 2015

Note for Editors

The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith received a grant of £550,000 from the Emigrant Support Programme in 2011 to assist with the cost of purchasing the freehold on the site from the Fulham and Hammersmith Council.
The Emigrant Support Programme provides funding to not-for-profit organisations and projects to support Irish communities overseas and to facilitate the development of more strategic links between Ireland and the global Irish. Since 2004 over €125 million has been provided to such groups abroad.
Irish Design 2015 is an initiative backed by the Irish Government celebrating and promoting Irish design in Ireland and internationally.