Irish History Month

Our Mission

To raise the profile of  the music and arts of Ireland throughout Britain and to celebrate the many contributions that Irish people have made to life here. The charity’s objectives are to provide access to and participation in traditional Irish music and arts through classes, workshops, access to materials, resources, promotion and performance.

The Irish Arts Foundation (IAF) was established in June 1998 as a Registered Charity (No. 1101657) and a Company Ltd by Guarantee (No. 4927919). It is supported by a number of public and private funders in Ireland and Britain.

We work extensively with a number of partners both locally and nationally and pride ourselves in the delivery of high quality professional arts and educational programmes.

The Irish Arts Foundation have been awarded level one PQASSO (Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations) accreditation. The PQASSO quality mark is endorsed by the Charity Commission as meeting the hallmarks of an effective charity.

The Irish Arts Foundation is core-funded by the Irish Government via the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland.

The Leeds Gathering

The Leeds Gathering

There has been a continuous influx into the Irish community in Leeds since at least the 1820s. See what happened in the 11th Gathering Festival last November.

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Irish History Month

Irish History Month

Irish History Month exists to promote the many positive contributions that Irish people have made in Leeds and also to introduce new audiences to the vibrancy of Irish arts, heritage, culture and history.

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Untold Stories

Untold Stories

A project about the development of the Irish community in Leeds, funded through The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Ireland Fund of Great Britain.

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Found it really educational and fun. I've found an instrument I'd like to play.


Great range of music, good introduction to the background, and really enjoyable evening. Good venue too.


Interesting talk. Great reminisces.


Most informative and interesting talk with depth of Irish research undertaken by Anna and Des.


Quotes from 2018 Workshop Attendees

Learn Gaelic

Gaelic Language Conversational Groups

Would you like to improve your Gaelic language speaking skills? A conversational group meets every Wednesday evening.

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Portrait Through Languages

Portrait Through Languages

Local Photographer Thomas Theakston completed a photography project on languages in Leeds and included our Gaelic group.

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