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Official opening of the Consulate General of Ireland

During his visit to the North of England to open the new Consulate, Minister Coveney travelled to the Liverpool Irish Centre to open their new Men’s Shed and meet with members of the Irish community and diaspora, including former Republic of Ireland football player and current under 19’s men’s coach, Jonathan Walters.

The Liverpool Irish Centre opened its doors in 1964 and the Minister commended the organisation for its ongoing contribution to promoting Ireland’s history and culture and for supporting our diaspora for more than half a century.

Launching the initiative the Minister said ‘I am honoured to open the Men’s Shed today and I wish to thank the staff and volunteers who worked hard to realise this vital resource for Centre clients. The Men’s Shed movement has been hugely successful in Ireland. The challenges and difficulties experienced by so many in the last 18 months have shown that it has never been more important to look after our individual and our community’s mental health, especially men’s health. It is great to see that recognition here.’

The special event concluded with a presentation of life membership to the Centre to the Minister and Consulate team by Chairperson Patrick Gaul.

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