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 thirteenth year. 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.
Particular highlights this year include two talks that will focus on the experiences of the Irish men and women who left Ireland during the 1950’s and 1960’s; the journey and their memories of arriving in inner city industrial Leeds: ‘The Sheepscar Triangle’ at Leeds Central Library on Wednesday 13th and ‘They Came, They Sewed, They Stayed’ at Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre on Friday 22nd.
A session of traditional Irish music hosted by local musicians takes place on the Kirkstall Flyboat at Granary Wharf mid- afternoon of Sunday 31st March. The previous morning on Saturday 30th the Leeds based Triskele Academy of Irish Dance will be performing at the monthly Kirkstall Abbey deli and street food market.
Throughout the month a recreation of the legendary Leeds public house, The(Old) Roscoe -demolished in 1982 to make way for the Sheepscar interchange project -will remain on display in the community corridor in Leeds City Museum and an educational and cultural exhibition ‘Timeline’ at the Community Hub on Dewsbury Road.
In advance of Irish History Month, during February, a team of tutors from the Irish Arts Foundation will be working in a number of schools across Leeds to deliver workshops on Irish arts and culture.
For information regarding previous Irish History Month projects click here