Integrated schools’ past pupils celebrate the best of Northern Ireland

Stalwart supporters of the integrated education fund joined new friends and old at the Meantime Brewery in Greenwich on Wednesday (27 November) at a fundraiser hosted by the London Past Pupils group, which was formed by alumni of integrated schools.

The theme was “Celebrating the Best of Northern Ireland” and guests enjoyed great craic and traditional food from home in the Old Brewery at the Royal Naval College.  The setting, across the Thames from Canary Wharf, was spectacular and the historic building added to the atmosphere.  

Past pupils were well-represented in the entertainment, with music from Meghann Ward, Mickey Owens and Fergal McMahon going down a storm.

During the course of the evening several past pupils addressed the guests on the purpose of the event, which was to showcase Northern Ireland at its best and to highlight the important role integrated education plays in our society.

Thank you to Adrian Dunbar who conducted the auction, announced the winners of the draw and spoke compellingly about the work of the IEF.

The Fund is very grateful to Ciaran McGonagle who donated the auction prize of a helicopter ride over London, which raised £300, and to all those who generously contributed raffle prizes.

We were delighted to welcome new faces to the event including actor Neil Morrissey and Ivan Lewis MP  and a special mention goes to Pradeep Madhavan from Belfast who introduced himself to the integrated education movement with a star operatic performance!