Cheque presentation to Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival Committee

Handing over the cheque from the 2015 concert  Peter Connolly, (Director) and Ann Tighe (Chair) St Patrick’s Festival Committee, Pat O’Neill, Paul Owens (Westbourne Leisure) and Shaun Preece (Manager, Irish Centre)

Handing over the cheque from the 2015 concert 
Peter Connolly, (Director) and Ann Tighe (Chair) St Patrick’s Festival Committee, Pat O’Neill, Paul Owens (Westbourne Leisure) and Shaun Preece (Manager, Irish Centre)

With this year`s Birmingham St Patrick`s Parade receiving no funding from Birmingham City Council, organisers have to look elsewhere to replace not just the Council`s contribution, but also to raise the total cost of £70,000 needed to stage the parade, which takes place on Sunday, March 13th.

When the Council budget cuts were announced last year an appeal went out to clubs and businesses to help raise funds to ensure that the parade this and every other year in the future could go ahead.

Pictured at The Irish Centre in Digbeth, following the cheque presentation for £10,000 to the St Patrick’s Festival Committee-  Ann Tighe, chair of the committee with sisters Lola (3) and Cara Wallace (1) Lola and Cara’s grandparents, Pat and Sylvia Murphy-Brennan are part and parcel of the Irish community in Birmingham. Sylvia runs her hugely successful Irish dance and music academy and Pat Brennan is an acclaimed musician and music teacher. The Irish Centre have donated the money to help fund this year`s parade-Without funding such as this, there will be no parade for Lola and Cara to take part in when they grow older

Pictured at The Irish Centre in Digbeth, following the cheque presentation for £10,000 to the St Patrick’s Festival Committee-  Ann Tighe, chair of the committee with sisters Lola (3) and Cara Wallace (1)
Lola and Cara’s grandparents, Pat and Sylvia Murphy-Brennan are part and parcel of the Irish community in Birmingham. Sylvia runs her hugely successful Irish dance and music academy and Pat Brennan is an acclaimed musician and music teacher. The Irish Centre have donated the money to help fund this year`s parade-Without funding such as this, there will be no parade for Lola and Cara to take part in when they grow older

One of the very first to offer financial support was The Irish Centre in Digbeth, owned and run by the Owens family. Manager Shaun Preece decided to organise a marathon music concert and contacted some of the best musicians and groups in the business. All, including the Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums Band offered their services free of charge.

The event raised a grand total of £10,000 and late last month a cheque for that amount was handed over to Ann Tighe, Chair of the St Patrick’s Festival Committee.

Ann said, “We are hugely grateful to everyone who took part-especially Shaun Preece and the Owens family. The concert was a truly amazing event. This year, more than ever we have to rely on donations such as this to help fund the parade.”
Next month’s Harp will have full details of the parade.