Family Day at the Museum

Melody Makers at the Family Day (c) David Ng, 2016
Melody Makers at the Family Day (c) David Ng, 2016
Family Day at the Museum 28Oct

Celebrate the Liverpool Irish Festival with family and friends in a day incorporating music, talks and activities for everyone to enjoy, across the day.

Delivered in partnership with National Museums Liverpool, with contributions from Liverpool Comhaltas (celebrating their 60th anniversary) Melody Makers and the Institute of Irish Studies at University of Liverpool this is a true highlight of the festival, where culture sharing, enjoyment and conviviality are at the centre of all we do.

Across the day, there will be various activities, including:

Carmel Uí Cheallaigh/Kelly

(Galway, ROI) reading from her Gaelic and English children’s books in the morning

Alison Little

will run mask making workshops throughout the day


Professor Mary Hickman chairs a Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad panel in the morning. The discussion and Q&A highlights the rights held by the Irish diaspora currently, what future referenda are considering and what Irish citizenship means/could mean – today and in future

Script Shop

…help pass the afternoon, performing two plays linking Liverpool and Ireland; Settled Score (Graham Scott) about a nurse accused of killing a former British soldier and Aftermath (Alex May), exploring James Larkin’s role in the 1913 Dublin Lock Out

Basil Abbott

…will perform his self-researched and penned 17 character court room drama The Flush Hall Murder presenting the real life case of a young man, attacked and left for dead on his way home from a Masonic meeting over 100 years ago. Vignettes throughout the day will support a full run through in the afternoon

Pop-up Gaeltacht

An bhfuil cúpla focail agat? There’s a good chance that if you understand that question, the answer is ‘Tá’.  Pop-Up Gaeltacht is an informal affair, where an Irish language speaker will be present in order that anyone wishing to share a few words (cúpla focal) of Gaelic can and is welcomed to do so. @PopUpGael You can link with Pop-Up Gaeltacht internationally through their Facebook group, here

The Lily & The Poppy (full event listing at this link).

A full listing of activity will be available in advance online and at reception on the day. We will also update this page as and when timings are known and additional activities are confirmed.

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This event is delivered in partnership with National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool Comhaltas and Melody Makers with support from the Institute of Irish Studies at University of Liverpool and sponsored by Tourism Ireland. It also forms part of a wider Family Weekend programme, which includes a Children’s Hour with Carmel Kelly and a Family Céilí. Please see the other events listings for details.

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28 October 2017


Museum of Liverpool
Pier Head
L3 1DG