The London Irish Centre (LIC) is the heart of the Irish community in London.
The LIC is both a Registered Charity and an Irish community centre in Camden Square, London NW1.
For sixty years, The LIC has been both supporting Irish people in London and promoting Irish arts and culture.
The seed for The London Irish Centre was sown in 1954, when the Catholic Church created a fund to establish a support service for young Irish emigrants in London. With Ireland in recession, and Britain in need of workers, many thousands of Irish people crossed the Irish Sea for new opportunities.
The Centre itself opened in 1955, providing accommodation, employment support and a starting point to those arriving. The Camden Square location was chosen for its proximity to Euston Station, where Irish people disembarked their trains from Holyhead Ferry Port.
The London Irish Centre soon became the hub of Irish social activity, with dinners, dances and social functions; the settings of friendships made, spouses met, and the formation of a vibrant Irish community in London.
In the past 2 years, all Irish Public Libraries have donated many thousands of items to build a library service in the London Irish Centre.
Interleaf Technology was approached to make a contribution to the library and we agreed to sponsor a Koha Library Management System installation for the London Irish Centre Library.
The library was officially launched on Monday 18th April 2016.
Interleaf Technology are delighted to be giving their support to this endeavour and wish it every success.