MINISTER HUMPHREYS DEPUTISES FOR FLANAGAN IN NEW YORK

19 March 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

LOCAL Fine Gael Dail deputy and Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, TD, announced a grant of $1.25 million towards the redevelopment of the Irish Arts Center in New York, when in New York on Monday last to help provide a dynamic platform for Irish artists and performers in the Big Apple.

The Minister was deputizing at short notice for Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Flanagan T.D., who was unable to travel to New York owing to the death of his mother, Mrs Mai Flanagan, 93, in Mountmellick, Co. Laois.

The grant announced by Minister Humphreys is being made available from the Emigrant Support Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Irish Arts Centre in New York was founded in 1972 and is primarily focused on the showcasing of Irish culture, through performance, exhibition and education.

Minister Humphreys said:“The Irish Arts Center is already the home of Irish culture in the United States. This redevelopment project will provide the Center with a landmark base that those that are directly involved, and indeed and the rest of the community, Irish and Irish American, can be deeply proud of.

“Its significance in terms of the Irish community having a flagship presence in New York cannot be overstated. The Irish Arts Center has provided …

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