The Irish Arts Foundation is committed to providing a diverse range of outputs in terms of the events we stage. Although our primary focus is on Irish music and arts, we are proud that our programme represents a number of different themes associated with Ireland and Irish people.

Untold Stories: The Irish Community in Leeds

Untold Stories: The Irish Community in Leeds

Fri, 25 Jan 10:00am


The Shire Oak Room, Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre ( HEART), Bennett Road, Leeds LS6 3HN

Presentation, discussion and traditional Irish music. A fascinating look back at life in Leeds

In collaboration with OWLS (Older Wiser Local  Seniors)

Tuesday Night Live

Tuesday Night Live

Tue, 5 Feb 7:45pm


Assembly Bar & Kitchen, Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre, Bennett RoadLeeds LS6 3HN

An evening of traditional Irish Music with Des Hurley and Friends
CD Launch. Root & Branch : Breath Against The Calm.

CD Launch. Root & Branch : Breath Against The Calm.

Fri, 15 Feb 8:00pm


Cardigan Arms Community Hub, 364 Kirkstall Rd, Leeds LS4 2HQ

Equipped with fiddles, cello, mandolin, tenor banjo, bouzouki and voices, the band’s repertoire includes fresh interpretations of jigs, reels, old time fiddle tunes, ballads and songs. From intimate house shows to festival stages, Root & Branch have engaged and thrilled audiences across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

What's On April - September 2018

What's On April - September 2018

Sun, 1 Apr Mon, 1 Apr

see programme

Leeds, City wide

Click here for details of our upcoming programme of events April to September 2018

Gaelic Language Conversational Groups

Gaelic Language Conversational Groups

Wed, 27 Sep Thu, 27 Jun

Contribution to room hire (further details on request)

Swarthmore College 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

We are pleased  to announce the continuation of the Irish language conversation group for the forthcoming academic year. The group, open to new members, is operated in a relaxed environment. The session takes place at Swarthmore Education Centre (6pm-7pm). The mantra is we learn together! It is ideally suited for those who have a little knowledge of the language already. For more information email: or tel: 0113 278 7442

Irish Elders Cultural Project

Irish Elders Cultural Project

Wed, 3 Jan Tue, 30 Jul

free events

Venues across Leeds

The Irish Arts Foundation works in collaboration with a range of community based organisations and projects across Leeds including Berkeley Court Residential Home, Richmond Hill Elders Association, Older Wiser Leeds Seniors and Caring Together.  We provide traditional Irish music performances and cultural activities predominantly but not exclusively for its Irish long-term residents or to encourage attendance from older Irish people in particular.
The Roscoe Display

The Roscoe Display

Wed, 13 Dec Sat, 13 Jun

free event

Leeds City Museum Millennium Square, LS2 8BH

A recreation of the legendary Leeds pub, The Roscoe (formerly of Sheepscar interchange) is currently on display in Leeds City Museum.

The model is the creation of Dubliner Andy Gibney, a resident of Leeds since the early 1970's and forms part of the 'Story of Leeds' section of the museum.

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