Irish Heritage Granted Registered Charity Status

Irish Heritage announced today (19th May) that it has been granted registered charity status by the Charity Commission.

The charity’s objective is to advance public education and appreciation of the arts, particularly that of Irish and Anglo-Irish music, arts, literature and drama of all genres and traditions to the benefit of the community.

Irish Heritage is the only Irish arts organisation in Britain dedicated to helping young Irish musicians and composers in the early part of their careers when their needs are greatest. It now awards three valuable bursaries annually, one for performance, one for composition and another for vocal studies.

Commenting on the recognition by the Charity Commission, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage, said, “This is one of the most exciting developments in the 45-year history of the organisation. Achieving official charity status has been a long-standing objective and is one that will bring considerable benefits, in particular in terms of improved perception in the cultural sector, and in the financing of programmes and fundraising.

“We are very grateful to our legal advisers at Muckle LLP and to all those who provided advice and guidance throughout the application process that helped bring it to a successful conclusion.”