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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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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.

25 June 2016: The Irish Benevolent Society's First Annual General Meeting

The Boardroom of the Spriet Family Centre at Fanshawe Pioneer Village was the site of an historic event on Saturday, June 25th, 2016. The first Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Irish Benevloent Society of London & Area (“Corporation”) took place since it was incorporated almost a year ago. The Corporation assumed the net assets and operations of its predecessor organization, The Irish Benevolent Society of London (“Society”), which has been in existence for over 138 years.

Almost one-half of the Corporation's current members were present at the meeting which installed Dan Hardy as the 2016-17 President, thanked Past-President Doug Reycraft for his dedication and hard work, elected an additional six Directors, appointed Skrypnyk Professional Group as Accountants, received a report on the March 17th, 2016 Luncheon.and approved the granting of Honourary Life memberships to former Presidents of the Society James Hanna and Leo White. The meeeting also conferred on the current Ambassador of Ireland to Canada, Dr. Ray Bassett, the rank of Honourary Past President of the Corporation in recognition of his service in general to Canada and in particular to the Irish Benevolent Society.

Officers & Directors of the Corporation

Membership in the Corporation is open to anyone who is of Irish descent and is eighteen years of age or older, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

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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