Did you know that throughout the month of March every year, Irish History Month takes place? An initiative brought about by the Irish Arts Foundation, first celebrated in Leeds in 2007, it is now in its eleventh year. Irish History Month, exists to promote the many positive contributions that Irish people have made to life in Leeds and also exists to introduce new audiences to the vibrancy of Irish arts, heritage, culture and history.
Particular highlights this year include a screening of the new documentary “Chasing Michael Davitt” about one of the most important Irish personalities of 19th century.( 11.30am, Friday 10th March, Montague Burton Centre), ‘The History and Development of the Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA) in Yorkshire’: talk and presentation by Jason Rooney, Community Development Administrator, Yorkshire GAA. (12.15pm, Friday 17th March Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre) and ‘The Story and the Tune’: supported by Deirdre Tasker on flute and whistle, author David Dunlop discusses how he developed the notion of "the broken fiddle" as a metaphor for partition in Ireland (8pm, Friday 24th March Seven Arts).
Irish History Month 2017 will be officially launched on the evening of Friday 3rd March at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton.