2021 aknowledgements

In a troublesome year, following lots of difficulty for people globally, we are proud to have worked with so many creative individuals and cultural advocates. Whilst we know ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, the following people have all continued to operate and made a difference in 2021. For that, we say thank you.

Individuals we have worked with in 2021


  • Oisín Askin
  • Zara Marie Brown
  • Doug Devaney
  • Edy Fung
  • Sam Harrison
  • Alison Little
  • Sophie Longwill
  • Lorraine Maher
  • Dr Paula McCloskey
  • Rachel McMahon
  • Gerry Molumby
  • Nuala Monaghan
  • Emma Turner
  • Dr Sam Vardy
  • Andrew Weatherstone
  • Charlie Weatherstone


  • Aileen Bowe
  • Jack Byrne
  • Jessica Carson
  • Barry Jones
  • Nicola Lavelle
  • Carol Maginn
  • Jean Maskell
  • Paul McDermott
  • Susan McKay
  • Eoin McNamee
  • Carol Ord
  • Greg Quiery
  • Professor Frank Shovlin

Board members

  • Tony Birtill
  • Pat Donnelly
  • Dr Mary Hickman
  • Paul Hogan
  • Eamonn Lavin
  • Siubhán Macauley
  • Siobhan Noble
  • Dr Pete Shirlow
  • John Chandler (Chair)
  • Wendy Simon (observer)
  • John Eustace (Treasurer)


  • Kathleen Cunningham
  • George Ferguson
  • Clara Kerr


  • Karen Alsop (Liverpool Medical Institution)
  • Jessie Anand
  • Paula Bernadelli (Art Arcadia)
  • Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley (NUI, Galway)
  • John Campbell (The Sound Agents)
  • Madeline Casey (Irish Film London)
  • Laura Colleran (Ireland Reaching Out)
  • Clare Coombes (The Liverpool Literacy Agency)
  • Dr John Cunningham (NUI, Galway)
  • Hannah Donelon (Hawkseed)
  • Finbar Dwyer (The Irish History Podcast)
  • Úna Feely (IndieCork)
  • Niall Gibney (Liverpool Irish Centre)
  • Michael Grace (Unemployable Promotions)
  • Mick Hannigan (IndieCork)
  • Dr Miriam Haughton (NUI, Galway)
  • Nick Hawksworth (The Pride of Sefton)
  • Ciarán Hodgers (Writing on the Wall)
  • Moira Kenny (The Sound Agents)
  • Dr Eleanor Lybeck (Institute of Irish Studies and Department of English, University of Liverpool)
  • Gerry Maguire (Irish Film London)
  • John Maguire (ArtsGroupie and #2021LiverpoolWrites)
  • Dave McTague (Mellowtone)
  • Mike Morris (Writing on the Wall)
  • Patrick Morrison (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann)
  • Réamonn Ó Ciaráin (Gael Linn and An tUltacht)
  • Joanne O’Connor (National Museums Liverpool)
  • Paul O’Shea (Unemployable Promotions)
  • Mat Ong (Glasswerk for Grand Central Hall)
  • Ann Owens (The Pride of Sefton)
  • Viola Segoroth (Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool)
  • Rory Taylor (District)


  • Ifah Ahmed
  • Clodagh Chapman
  • Shane J Collings
  • Cal Freeman
  • Rachel Garfield
  • Barry Han
  • Trevor Kaneswaran
  • Nicky Larkin
  • Declan Lawn
  • Maurice O’Connell
  • Adam Patterson
  • Thomas Ryan


  • Cathy Carter
  • Andrew Connally
  • Laura Durrant
  • Mide Houlihan
  • Colm Keegan
  • Kealan Kenny
  • Colm Mac Con Iomaire
  • Matt McGinn
  • Maz O’Connor
  • Sara Ryan
  • Paul Walker (Kingfast)
  • Old Time Sailors
  • Blánid


  • Samantha Alton
  • Carmen Cullen
  • Elaine Feeney
  • Tina Malone
  • Geradline Moloney Judge
  • Chloe Muldoon
  • Ciara Ní É
  • Aoife Ní Mhórdha
  • Simon Wan
  • The Armagh Rhymers


  • Rosemary Adaser
  • Mary Cunningham
  • Dr Mairead Enright
  • Teresa Hill
  • Dr Barry Houlihan
  • Judy Kinnon
  • Teresa O’Sullivan

Funders 2021

The funding environment has bever been harder than during the pandemic. National agencies have had to make gruelling decisions, under difficult conditions, with limited resources. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from grant providers and especially thankful to those who have sustained funding throughout. Thank you and may the road ahead get easier!

  • Arts Council England
  • Culture Liverpool
  • Emigrant Support Programme
  • HM Government’s Here for Culture
  • Liverpool City Council
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund

Sponsor 2021

Tourism Ireland

Partner organisations

  • #2021LiverpoolWrites
  • #IamIrish
  • An tUltach
  • Armagh Rhymers
  • Art Arcadia
  • ArtsGroupie
  • Baobab Foundation
  • Bluecoat
  • Bluecoat Display Centre
  • Bolger-Cunningham School of Irish Dancing
  • Campanile Hotel
  • Central Library
  • Cocoons
  • Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann
  • Creative Community Fund
  • Creative Organisations of Liverpool
  • Culture Liverpool
  • Department of English, University of Liverpool
  • Design and Craft Council of Ireland
  • District
  • Gael Linn
  • George Ferguson Scoil Rince
  • Glas Creative
  • Glasswerk
  • Grand Central Hall
  • Hope Street Hotel
  • Immigration Advice Service
  • IndieCork
  • Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool
  • Ireland Reaching Out
  • Irish Community Care
  • Irish Film London
  • Irish In Britain
  • Knowsley Council
  • Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre
  • Liverpool Biennial
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Liverpool Irish Centre
  • Liverpool Medical Institution
  • Liverpool Philharmonic
  • Liverpool Royal Court
  • Liverpool Town Hall
  • March for the Arts
  • Mellowtone
  • Merseytravel
  • Museum of Liverpool
  • My First Focail
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • National Museums Liverpool
  • National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway
  • Nonconform
  • Pagoda Arts Chinese Community Centre
  • Peter Kavanagh’s
  • Philharmonic Dining Rooms
  • Radio City
  • Sefton Park Palm House
  • St Brigid’s Day
  • St George’s Hall
  • St Helen’s Borough Council (Greystone Footbridge)
  • St John’s Beacon
  • St Luke’s Bombed Out Church
  • The Blackstaff Press
  • The Irish History Podcast
  • The Liverpool Literacy Agency
  • The Pride of Sefton
  • The Reader
  • The Sound Agents
  • The Sovini Group
  • UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre
  • Unemployable Promotions
  • University of Liverpool
  • We’re Good to Go
  • Wirral (Wallasey Town Hall)
  • Writing on the Wall

The Liverpool Irish Festival (registered charity No.110126, Company No. 4800736) is governed by a volunteer board, chaired by John Chandler, an original founder. We receive regular funding from Liverpool City Council’s Culture Arts Investment Programme and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Emigrant Support Programme. In 2020, we were recipients of HM Government’s Cultural Recovery Funding: #HereForCulture. We have been fortunate to receive National Lottery Heritage Funding for work on the Liverpool Irish Famine Trail; Arts Council England funding (to deliver art content in Oct 2021) and Tourism Ireland sponsorship. To each we say thank you and go raibh maith agat/may you have goodness.

Associated events (please note these may have passed)

Family Day

Family Day

30 October 2021