About I.A.S.C

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Our History

Welcome to the Irish Association Social Club – better known as the “Chorlton Irish Club”! It was founded in 1956 to provide a meeting place for the Irish community in South Manchester. Today, it is still owned by its members and offers facilities for many groups and activities, both social and cultural. The new Committee is determined to deliver on its Mission Statement;

“To preserve and promote Irish music, culture and history in Manchester, to provide social amenities to the Irish Community and to promote the welfare of it’s members and the wider Irish Community”
 
A few years later of delivering it’s objectives, the Irish Association moved to it’s current location at 17 High Lane, Chorlton, Manchester. At the time, the building had been empty for 2 years and required extensive renovation but by Whit Friday 1960 a new bar, extended cellar, decorations, furniture and stock were in place. The experience which many of the members had gained in setting up their own businesses was invaluable in surviving the problems associated with a Club of this size and hard work and efficiency won the day. The founding members had originally bought the Club but it subsequently became a Members Club.
 
Times have changed and we live in a totally different era to that of 50 years ago, but problems don’t go away. Todays Club is still a Members Club run on a charitable organisation basis. Charities we support include Catholic Schools Sports Federation, St Ann’s Hospice, Henshaws Society for the Blind, Little Sisters of the Poor, Rainbow Family Trust, Christie Hospital Cancer Research, Parkinsons Disease Society, SMA Fathers, GAA, Francis House and Irish Community Care.
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James Hackland

General Manager 

James Hackland took the role of General Manager of the Club in January 2016 although he had already been involved in the club for many years. He grew up in Chorlton and Sale and like many second and third generation the Club always played a big part in his life. He attended dancing lessons with the Lally School of dancing from the age of 3 at the Club and many family party’s were spent there also. After spending sever al years touring the world with Irish Dance groups James came back to Chorlton and worked behind the bar at the Club whilst pursuing a degree in Tourism and Event Management. It was during this time he set up his own Irish Dance Troupe ‘The Reel Deal’ who also performed at the Club on many occasions with its acclaimed night ‘Dirty Old Town’. James has worked and managed in many Irish Pubs around Manchester and brings these skills along with his Event Management experience with him.

Since taking over James has worked hard to see the Club continue to grow and develop ties with both the local and the Irish Community. As well as having many private functions he has helped grown existing events such as The Carousel Sessions and our weekly Trad Session. The Lounge Bar has become a hub for GAA and Premier League Football throughout the season and many new events have come in since he has been here such as a partnership with Irish Mancunian to host Film and Cultural events at the club and also nights such as ‘Funked It Up’, ‘Pretty In Pink’ and ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ have all been brought in to cater for all the local community and beyond.