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In:Visible Women and the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign

As regular readers will know Cara Sanquest of the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign introduced the Liverpool Irish Festival to this organisation and to the Abortion Support Network (see Mara Clarke’s piece, here). Cara also introduced us to Hannah Little, a London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaigner, from the Republic of Ireland. Here, Hannah tells us a little […]

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In:Visible Women and the Abortion Support Network

In February the Liverpool Irish Festival attended the Irish Government’s Global Forum in Dublin. There we met Cara Sanquest from the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign. Cara has clear and communicable convictions; an intellect matched with eloquence and a crystalline ability to speak to people of all ages articulately and with compassion…in a room of international […]

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4* play arrives at Liverpool Irish Festival

After receiving four-star reviews for its London premiere at the King’s Head Theatre, a new play about Irish arranged marriages transfers to the LIVERPOOL IRISH FESTIVAL 2017 for its out-of-London premiere at The Capstone Theatre. A new act set in Ireland has been written especially for the Liverpool Irish Festival and the production company has […]

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Top family fun for half term in Liverpool

Liverpool Irish Festival coincides with half term in Liverpool this year, and there’s plenty to do with families this year. It’s the 60th birthday of Liverpool Comhaltas, celebrating Irish culture and heritage, there’s films, the annual family day at the museum, children’s author Carmel Kelly, a special family weekend and, of course, the rip-roaring Liverpool […]

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A new history of the Liverpool Irish

A new book on the history of Liverpool Irish will launch at LIF2017. ‘In Hardship and Hope’ by Greg Quiery tells a narrative history of one of the largest European migrations in modern history and how Irish culture has shaped Liverpool. Liverpool’s Irish heritage is well known. A large proportion of the city’s inhabitants boast […]

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In:Visible Women – let’s talk about women

A new strand at Liverpool Irish Festival gives a platform to the voice of women in art, academia, political debate and history. Exploring the issues women face in the UK and Ireland, both historically and in contemporary society, the strand will see key events focusing on different discussions and encouraging the audience to reflect on […]

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No farmer wants a barren wife

What is a wife without a child? Incomplete? Worthless? Childless – or childfree? In rural Ireland in the 1950s such a woman would almost certainly have been scorned as “barren” and her husband would have been within his rights to pack her bags and send her back to her family in disgrace. This is the […]

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Jane

Jane was commissioned by the Liverpool Irish Festival, from artist Alison Little, as a contribution to its work about In:Visible Women. It is a fictional piece of writing, created to help readers consider the effects of sexual violence towards women. Although it will echo some experiences, it is not ‘the definitive story’, nor is it […]

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LivIrishFest2017 to host inaugural Celtic Animation Film Festival

Liverpool Irish Festival is to host the inaugural Celtic Animation Film Festival this October, celebrating established animators of Celtic heritage and emerging animators from around the world. As part of the festival, there is also a new Celtic Animation Film competition, showcasing short animated films made in Liverpool, Ireland or other Celtic regions. The film […]

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Deserted Island Discs – a support for islanders

In May 2017, the Liverpool Irish Festival were delighted to be able to attend the Irish Government’s Global Forum; a conference that brought together organisations from around the world that support the Irish Diaspora. As well as meeting people from the Irish Centre in New York, social workers from Australia and many more besides, we […]

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LIF2017 asks – what does it mean to be Irish?

Liverpool Irish Festival returns for its 15th year this October.  Liverpool Irish Festival is the only arts and culture led Irish festival in the UK platforming an incredible array of art, culture, performance, film, music, literature, food and drink, talks and tours It runs for 10 days between Thurs 19-Sun 29 October 2017 at venues […]

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Seafoam Green creative call for poster design

Interested in poster design? Are you a great artist, illustrator or creator? Do you want to be seen all over Liverpool in connection with the Liverpool Irish Festival and an internationally renowned music talent? Yes? Then this is the call for you! In partnership with Mellowtone, the Liverpool Irish Festival seeks a lead image to […]

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