Published: 16/03/2017 Last Updated: 16/03/2017 07:46:43 Tags: England Ireland Six Nations 2017
With such a long history of Irish immigration to London it might be tricky for some to decide who to support. Sport has always played its part in building London communities. Way back at the end of the 19th century there was a consensus on both sides of the Irish Sea that a sporting club for Irishmen in London was badly needed. Part of the inspiration for this came from London Scottish that had been formed in 1878 and London Welsh seven years later in 1895. These clubs offered their countrymen a place to meet and relax while employment or education or other reasons took them away from their home. "So it was in 1898 that a group of Irishmen came together to form their own club, the London Irish Rugby Football Club".
After looking at various options and locations for a base 12 acres of land were eventually purchased at Avenue Road, Sunbury on Thames in south-west London. The transaction was completed in,1931 for the princely sum of £1,280! Alongside St Patricks Day falling on 17th March 2017 the influence of Ireland on London will be hard to miss this weekend.