The Irish Benevolent Society of London The Irish Benevolent Society of London
The Irish Benevolent Society, since 1877, has provided an opportunity in the London area for
the Irish and their descendants of all faiths, and their friends, to work together in harmony
for the purpose of preserving their Irish heritage and performing works of benevolence.

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Coming events from the Irish Benevolent Society.

17 March 2016: The 139th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration

The 139th Gala Celebration of St. Patrick's Day, will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016. For details and tickets, read on…

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News and recent events from the Irish Benevolent Society.

17 March 2014: The 137th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Over 350 people gathered at the Carousel Room at London, Ontario's Western Fair Raceway for the Irish Benevolent Society's annual luncheon in honour of St. Patrick, and to enjoy a luncheon of traditional Irish fare, the music of world-famous accordion player Tony Nother and harpist Bob Peel, and the traditional dancing of the students of the Butler-Feron-O'Connor School of Irish Dance. The Society's chaplains, the Rev'd William Craven and Rev'd Fr John Comiskey, led the assembly in prayer before the meal, a prayer for peace, and a toast to the Irish people everywhere. The programme also included the "passing of the shillelagh" from the out-going president, the Rev'd Bruce Pocock, a retired Anglican priest, to the in-coming president, retired Deputy Fire Chief Peter Harding. (Read more)

15 January 2014: We Now Have An RSS Feed

The Irish Benevolent Society web site now has an RSS newsfeed to let you know when the site has updated. What's that?

8 September 2013: University of Western Ontario Alumni Honour IBS Director

Congratulations to Irish Benevolent Society Medical Director Dr. Robert Farley on being awarded the UWO Alumni Association's Dr. Ivan Smith Award of Merit. For more information, please visit Alumni Western.

8 December 2011: The Society Gains a Permanent Home

In 2011 a Memorandum of Understanding between Fanshawe Pioneer Village in London, Ontario, and the Irish Benevolent Society established the Corbett Tavern as the first permanent home of the Society. From its founding in 1877, the Executive of the Irish Benevolent Society have had no permanent meeting place…(Read more)

We have no copies left of our book, The Luck of the Irish in Canada.

Community Events

A calendar of events organized or sponsored by other Irish and Celtic organizations in the London-Middlesex area, and sometimes much further afield.

30 January 2016: Irish Folk Club Dance Ceili

The London Irish Folk Club is hosting an Irish Dance Ceili Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the German Canadian Club. No dance experience necessary; everyone welcome. Learn more

Other Community Events

London Irish Folk Club Monthly Meeting

The London Irish Folk Club meets regularly for ceilis of music, dancing and singing. Learn more

More community events

If you are organizing an Irish or Celtic cultural event in the London-Middlesex area, please let us know about it. If we feel it fits with our goals of promoting Irish harmony and heritage, we'll list it here.

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