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.