TV and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary now a patron of London Irish Centre
— Dermot O’Leary (@radioleary) December 7, 2015
X Factor presenter and BBC Radio 2 DJ Dermot, born of Irish parents Seán and Maria in Colchester, has always been proud of being Irish. He hosted last year’s Ceiliuradh celebration at the Royal Albert Hall with guest of honour President Michael D. Higgins. The event, directed by Other Voices‘ Philip King brought together Irish and UK Irish talent to celebrate some of Ireland’s contemporary culture, and featured among others Elvis Costello, Paul Brady, Imelda May, Glen Hansard, Joseph O’Connor and Fiona Shaw.
Dermot’s official statement: “It’s a big honour for me to become a patron of the LIC. I’m very proud of my Irish heritage, my parents were part of the post war generation of immigrants who came to London to find a new life, so the London Irish community is one that is very close to my heart.
“I’m looking forward to helping LIC both promote Irish culture and to help them with their equally important role of helping the vulnerable in the local community.”
– Dermot O’Leary, Patron (Designate), 10 December 2015
The London Irish Centre’s Chair Sean Kennedy said ‘We are absolutely delighted that Dermot has agreed to be patron designate of the London Irish Centre, to be ratified at our next AGM. He will work with us in our role of promoting the very best in Irish arts and culture and ensuring that those Irish in London who need help are supported and able to access the services they need and deserve.
“We are currently carrying out an extensive community consultation as a precursor to embarking on an exciting new strategic plan in 2016 to substantially increase the charitable impact we have on our community.
“We very much look forward to working with Dermot as we expand and develop our services in ways that will address the needs of the community we serve.”
The the London Irish Centre is the latest in a long line of worthy causes O’Leary has endorsed.
He has campaigned on behalf of Make Poverty History, and has visited Sierra Leone with CAFOD. He is also a patron of the male cancer awareness campaign, Everyman.
On 7 March 2014, along with Jeremy Kyle, Bill Bailey, John Prescott, Richard Osman, Rizzle Kicks, Louis Smith, Levi Roots, and Ricky Wilson, O’Leary went commando for charity to raise awareness of testicular cancer. The promo was released on 24 February 2014.
In 2003, he played in a charity match for the Colchester Gladiators as a punt returner, helping to raise £2,500 for the Barnardo’s children’s fund.
Dermot is also a patron of international children’s film festival CineMagic (film festival), a registered charity for young people, based in Belfast.
For Red Nose Day 2015 he took part in a 24-hour dance to raise money.
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The London Irish Centre’s Christmas Appeal moved him to become a patron at the Camden based community centre. The annual campaign raises funds to support the most vulnerable through Christmas.
Read more here: www.theirishworld.com/london-irish-centre