Happiness, what is happiness?
It’s going to the Irish Center every Wednesday, having lunch with all our friends, singing and loving the good craic, listening to everyone's stories and a few hours of smiling and laughing.
Thanks to Siobhán and Leslie - always there to welcome you with their beautiful smiles and always making our day a lot brighter.
Leslie, thank you for being there when I was sick, bringing me comfort food and always a helping hand, you are such a gift from God. We all love you both and thank you.
- Pat Lyons
Siobhán came to the Immigration Center on the 26 May 2009. I have been coming to the Immigration Center for years, a great and happy place to meet many interesting people. There is always great food, laughs, the camaraderie and sing-alongs are like a concert. Leslie is our leader and does a super job. Everyone should stop by for lunch. We have music, movies, bingo and trips. God bless Wednesdays.
- Kathleen Murtaugh
I would like to give a compliment and praise to the Irish Immigration Center, especially the wonderful luncheon every Wednesday afternoon. The great meals, meeting new friends and forming new friendships/relationships. We have great sing alongs, movies, popcorn, genealogy classes, musicians and entertainment. You/we are welcomed as the flowers of May by our terrific director Siobhán Lyons and assistant director Leslie Alcock. Coming to the IIC once a week is something to look forward to - a free lunch and good craic. We are treated as special guests by these two special “lovely ladies”.
This has filled a great void in my life. Siobhán and Leslie, go raibh míle maith agat.
- Anna May Cummings
Kathleen Murtaugh invited me to join the Immigration Center a year ago. I was welcomed immediately as I walked through the door. The center is like a second home to me. Siobhán and Leslie do a wonderful job and all are welcome. It is great to be able to go there every Wednesday. Something to look forward to and be of service the the seniors. Thank you.
- Loretta McNamee
I can hardly wait till we’re having lunch on the veranda. I hope the umbrellas will add to the outdoor atmosphere. Seriously, I enjoy coming here each week. I look forward to the comradeship. It's a great combination of different lives, history and personal experiences. I hope we can continue this experience.
The Immigration Center has brought much happiness to my 88-year-old father. He has made friends that otherwise would never have been part of his life or mine. When my mom passed, I thought he would have just family for companionship. Now it has turned out that he has gained a whole new family. Siobhán and Leslie have been tremendous help with running the center. The Wednesday lunches for the seniors is an amazing event every week. This is a lunch that Dad looks forward to attending. Thank you so much.
Every Thursday morning, I head to the Irish Immigration Center to help with Lámh Eile, the child/parent/grandparent playgroup. It is the highlight of my week. The center echoes with the sounds of children playing, doing a craft, dancing, or having a snack. Parents and grandparents have an opportunity to work on a craft with their little one, or to sit down for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. We are all sharing our stories and growing in friendship which is truly Irish.
For someone who comes from an Irish American background and who married a man from Donegal, it was very important for our children to learn about the culture, customs, music, language, sport, etc. from Ireland. What better way to learn all of that from a place that serves Irish and Irish Americans alike?
We attend the Irish Immigration Center's playgroup, Lámh Eile. Our children have developed lifelong friends from this area, and some friends who have moved home. From a birthday party thrown for our first child, Kieran, to a baby for our second child, Fiona, we have been welcomed to the Irish Immigration Center like family. We have attended events in the Irish community that were sponsored by the Immigration Center or had members in attendance from the Center.
I cannot express how much the Irish Immigration Center has taught our children about Ireland firsthand from people in the community and abroad. We support the Immigration Center in all of their endeavors. All the best always. xx
- The Peoples family