Some 200 attended Luton Irish Forum (LIF) Members Christmas party yesterday (Thursday 6th December) at The Celtic Club. Guests included Ruaidhri Dowling from the Irish Embassy and representatives from LIF partner organisations Grassroots, Irish Network Stevenage and Shri Guru Ravidass. Attendees enjoyed lunch to traditional music by John Devine, Robin Hodge and Eugene Teevan, before dancing the afternoon away to tunes from Eamon’s Country Sounds – and then still found enough energy to conga! The free event also included a fundraising raffle with the star prize of an Irish food themed Christmas hamper.

As one Member commented: “My sincere thanks for a delightful afternoon yesterday. It was such a joy to be part of it all. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication that went into a fantastic and special Christmas Party. The joy and happiness on everyone’s face said it all. It is just wonderful that our dear Irish people are being served in this way. You are meeting a real need.”

The members Christmas party was the most recent in a series of events organised by the Forum. Other successes include Voices of 68 exhibition and seminar, which came to LIF following showings in Belfast and London, and an Entertainment Evening featuring some great local musical and dramatic talent. LIF also organises the Luton St Patrick’s Festival every year; the acts are all booked now for March but there are still spaces left in the parade for any local organisation keen to promote itself.

Luton Irish Forum provides welfare advice and social activities not only to people of Irish ethnicity but to any resident of Luton. Find out more at or by telephoning 01582 720447.