Press Release

You are here

£50,000 Needed for Plans to Renovate St. Osburg’s Parish Centre

Coventry Irish Society is delighted to announce a new partnership project with St. Osburg’s Parish to renovate the Parish Centre and to create a local community hub. The Parish Centre that was so popular for many years amongst the Irish and local community, would be reopened where the Coventry Irish Society would host advice, cultural and social events and a local café.

In addition, the recent Irish History exhibition, ‘Irish Heart, Coventry Home’ where 50 Irish migrants arriving in Coventry between 1940-1970 were interviewed, would be permanently exhibited. This would create the potential for local schools to visit the centre to learn about local history.

Commenting on the plans, Coventry Irish Society Chair Rory Ryan said, “This represents a wonderful opportunity to rejuvenate the social purpose of the Parish Centre which would be a resource for the whole local community, and it would enable the Charity to meet the needs of our vulnerable clients such as those living with memory loss and those socially isolated.”

The Very Reverend, Canon Tom Farrell said “I am very pleased that the Parish Centre at St. Osburg’s will be renovated and continue its long history of serving the local community. It will also provide the Coventry Irish society with an excellent base to continue its outreach work to so many people in Coventry”

The Parish Centre needs substantial repairs with an estimated cost of £50,000. Coventry Irish Society and St. Osburg’s Parish are appealing to the local community to contribute to make the project a reality. If you would like to make a donation, you can visit cash or cheques made payable to the Coventry Irish Society can be made at our offices at 41, Smithford Way CV1 1FY. Paypal contributions can be made using

 Notes to Editors

About the Coventry Irish Society

Coventry Irish Society is a small Charity formed in 1993 providing a wide range of advice, support and information to the Irish community. The Society has a proud record of supporting the city’s vulnerable Irish as well as providing Irish specialist services such as Irish Passports, Irish Pensions and issues relating to Irish Survivors. The Society is responsible for a yearly St. Patrick’s Day Festival and has organised a variety of other Arts and cultural festivals within the city.

For further information, images and interviews, please contact

Simon McCarthy, Coventry Irish Society, 41 Smithford Way, Coventry, CV1 1FY.

Telephone: 02476256629 / Email:

Add new comment

Filtered HTML

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.