What we do
The Irish Society’s ongoing activities can be divided into four main areas:
As well as the activities above, 2013 marked The Irish Society’s 400th Anniversary and coincided with Derry-Londonderry becoming the first UK City of Culture. Special plans were drawn up to mark this in a number of ways. The main project was the commissioning of a new cantata ‘At Sixes and Sevens’ written by Irish poet Paul Muldoon and English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage which celebrates the special relationship between London and Londonderry, and involved not only top class musicians and orchestras but local community groups and young people from both sides of the community. Other projects included ecumenical church services, a series of history lectures and museum exhibitions in London and locally, involving local schools in Plantation of Ulster history projects, planting ceremonial London oak trees, restoring an important damaged historical archive resource and hosting in London’s Guildhall an investment conference for Northern Ireland with a special focus on the North West region.
The Governor, Deputy Governor and Trustees of The Irish Society continue to take a close interest in their historic relationship with County Londonderry and its two main centres of Derry-Londonderry and Coleraine in particular. Members travel to Northern Ireland several times a year to visit The Society’s properties, fisheries and charitable projects, provide support for its schools and maintain local relationships.