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• Being a non-political organised body of Irish people
• Providing social amenities in the form of a Club
• Being an Information Centre for Irish people
• Promoting the welfare of its members and the Irish Community
A few years later, the Irish Association moved to 17 High Lane, Chorlton, Manchester. This building had been empty for 2 years and required extensive renovation but by Whit Friday 1960 a new bar, extended cellar, decorations, furniture and stock were in place. The experience which many of the members had gained in setting up their own businesses was invaluable in surviving the problems associated with a Club of this size and hard work and efficiency won the day. The founding members had originally bought the Club but it subsequently became a Members Club.
Times have changed and we live in a totally different era to that of 50 years ago, but problems don’t go away. Todays Club is still a Members Club run on a charitable organisation basis. These charities include Catholic Schools Sports Federation, St Ann’s Hospice, Henshaws Society for the Blind, Little Sisters of the Poor, Rainbow Family Trust, Christie Hospital Cancer Research, Parkinsons Disease Society, SMA Fathers, GAA, Catholic Children’s Rescue Society and Irish Community Care.