Job Vacancy

Tyneside Irish Cultural Society Ltd


An enthusiastic arts administrator is required to work from our office in central Newcastle upon Tyne.


The post is initially offered as a one year contract from 1st July 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Average hours are 24 per week arranged on a flexible basis with a salary of £19,000 pa (Pro rata)


The CDO is expected to help organize and promote the Cultural Society’s annual Irish Festival, regular concerts and lectures, its adult education programme and special projects.

Relevant experience and proven administrative ability would be advantageous and a genuine interest in Irish culture would be desirable.



or obtained from Tyneside Irish Centre  or call 0191 261 0384

Irish Book & Film Club- December Meeting

This Month, we are reading Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn. It is a devastating story of love, loss and one woman’s terrible choice between duty and personal freedom. we are still wading through Ulysses. Dr Claire Nally is joining us this month to provide some intersting bits of informaiton on ulysses which should help us along.

Date: Tuesday 1st December 2015.

7.15pm- 8.00pm: Discussion of  Brooklyn by Colm Tobin.

8.00pm- 8.45pm: Discussion of Ulysses. We are up to Part II: The Odyssey- Calypso which starts witht he words “Mr Leopold Bloom at with relish the inner organs of beasts” and ends with the words, “Thank you, how grand we are this morning”:

Dr Claire Nally will be present and informally chat to us about Ulysses. Claire is a Senior Lecturer in Twentieth- Century English Literature, and researches Irish Studies, Neo-Victorianism, Gender and Subcultures at Northumbria University.

We meet once per month at the Tyneside Irish Centre to discuss a book by an Irish Writer over a few friendly drinks. The book club is open to everybody regardless of nationality.



Road to the Rising Lecture Series

As the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising approaches we will be hosting a series of lectures that will follow the ’Road to the Rising,’ exploring the historical, literary & political context of the Rising, and reflect upon its consequences.

Guest lecturers from UK & Irish universities will lead each session, and it is shaping up to be a very thought provoking series.

Dr David Gleeson (Northumbria University) will present the first lecture, focusing on the Irish famine on 21st January 2016. 

More information will follow with times and themes of the subsequent lectures.

The course is free of charge and open to all. To book a place on the course or sign up to our ‘Road the the Rising’ mailing list please email

St. Patrick’s Choir

St Patrick’s Day 2016

On Thursday 17th March, 2016, at 10.30am, the Diocesan St. Patrick’s Day Mass will be celebrated at St Michael’s, Westmorland Road, Newcastle.

This year, we will be missing our wonderful Leo Connolly, RIP – and he’ll be a huge miss for his singing at the Mass as well as for the great friendship he gave to many of us.

We need lots of volunteers to help in Leo’s absence and we’ll be starting some music and singing practices on:


Sunday 7th February at 7.30pm in the Gallowgate Lounge

Tyneside Irish Centre

And every Sunday after that…


Meanwhile, each year, we read out the names of those in our community who have died during the previous year.  We’re unlikely to forget Leo Connolly in the list and we hope not to miss anybody else either. Please help us by sending us the names of anybody who has died since last St Patrick’s Day. We also enter these names into our permanent memorial book. Please don’t worry about duplicates – we’ll spot these on the way through. Just make sure that you include anybody that you feel should be remembered in this way.


  • Return the names to Paula McNeany or Fr Michael Purtill
  • Email to
  • Post to Paula McNeany, 12A Long Bank, Gateshead, NE9 7HE


Many thanks for your help

Paula McNeany