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The Irish Benevolent Society, since 1877, has provided an opportunity in the London area for
the Irish and their descendants of all faiths, and their friends, to work together in harmony
for the purpose of preserving their Irish heritage and performing works of benevolence.

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23 June 2018: Summary of the 3rd Annual General Meeting

The 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Irish Benevolent Society of London and Area took place Saturday, Jun 23rd, at 11:00 am (EDT) in the Corbett Tavern at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Read more…

29 April 2018: Director JoAnn Leavey To Receive Honourary Doctorate

Our esteemed Member and Director, Dr JoAnn Leavey, is going to receive another award to add to the many she has already. The University of Western Ontario, at its June Convocation, will bestow on her an Honourary Doctorate of Laws, LLD. This is an incredible, but well deserved , achievement for someone so young. JoAnn is a Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Psychologist, Writer, Poet, Musician and Pilot. While she has formally been a Member of the Society for the past two years and is currently a Director, her involvement in the Society is very deep, being the daughter of the late Vince Leavey, who was our President in 1994.

Congratulations to JoAnn and may she continue to make her family and friends, including those in the Irish Benevolent Society, proud of present and future accomplishments.


9 February 2018: Leo F. White

We are sad to announce the passing on February 9, 2018, of Leo Francis White (Past President 1974). Leo also served as Secretary for several years and, along with the late Bill Reid, provided entertainment at the annual Luncheon.

15 January 2014: IBS Web Site Adds RSS Feed

The Irish Benevolent Society web site now has an RSS feed. If your web browser supports RSS (and most of them do) you can subscribe by clicking on any Subscribe link, or by clicking on the RSS icon () either on a page or in the location bar. Once you have subscribed, your browser will automatically check for updates to the site and notify you when an update has occurred.

8 September 2013: University of Western Ontario Alumni Honour IBS Director

Congratulations to Irish Benevolent Society Medical Director Dr. Robert Farley on being awarded the UWO Alumni Association's Dr. Ivan Smith Award of Merit. For more information, please visit Alumni Western.

8 December 2011: The Society Gains a Permanent Home

In 2011 a Memorandum of Understanding between Fanshawe Pioneer Village in London, Ontario, and the Irish Benevolent Society established the Corbett Tavern as the first permanent home of the Society. From its founding in 1877, the Executive of the Irish Benevolent Society have had no permanent meeting place, and instead have met in numerous locations selected by the serving President.

John Corbett (1816-1906) was oldest child of Patrick Corbett (1788-1863) and Elizabeth Spearman (1796-1866). In 1819 he emigrated from Borrisokane, County Tipperary, with his parents on the brigantine Brunswick as part of the Richard Talbot group. Patrick settled in the Richmond Military Settlement, in March Township, in the Ottawa River Valley. In 1842 John married Jane Lewis (1816-1883), formerly of Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary. They settled soon thereafter in McGillivray Township in the County of Middlesex and erected a log house from elm trees cut on the site. The house served as a family home until 1947 and as a family social centre until 2008. It was then donated to Fanshawe Pioneer Village. The project has been funded by Charles Patrick and Elizabeth Corbett & Family with assistance from the Irish Benevolent Society.

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