Past Events

Are You With Me? Mike Chinoy on Kevin Boyle

Mike Chinoy, former foreign correspondent for CNN; Emmy, Peabody and Dupont award winner and author speaks about his book Are you With Me? about the life of Kevin Boyle.

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Cú Chulainn for young people

Cú Chulainn expert Réamonn Ó Ciaráin tells stories ideal for young people.

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Colm and Laura Keegan: Streamed

This is an online broadcast and watch party of Colm and Laura Keegan: Live, allowing people from around the world to join in and celebrate their musical talents. 

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Stowaway: scratch reading

Stowaway is a new play by Barbara Marsh, directed by Zara Marie Brown. Rare chance to see a play in early development, exclusive to #LIF2020.

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IrelandXO at #LIF2020

Ireland XO talk about their services and opportunities you have to follow your heritage, with specific looks at Liverpool connections.

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Scotland Road walk

Greg Quiery -author, poet, historian- leads exceptionally researched trails of Liverpool, outlining the influence Irish lives have had here.

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Varo

Varo -singers+fiddle players Lucie Azconaga (France) and Consuelo Nerea Breschi (Italy)- perform Irish traditional songs and tunes.

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Whistle Walker

Terry plots his musical development via a series of locations in Liverpool, first in a short documentary and then with a live chat.

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Lessons of War

Lessons of War documentary film followed by in person Q&A with music artist Matt McGinn. A #LIF2020 exclusive.

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Cú Chulainn and Réamonn Ó Ciaráin

Réamonn Ó Ciaráin -expert in Cú Chulainn + Gaelic translation- discusses the influence these stories have on Irish culture and folklore.

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Mrs Shaw Herself

Helix Productions present their play Mrs Shaw Herself, about the life and times of Charlotte Payne-Townshend, wife of George Bernard Shaw.

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Stray Dog Following

Stairwell Books presents Greg Quiery’s new poetry book in a Liverpool Irish Festival exclusive. Hear live readings and ask questions.

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Close up of an archive document, held at Strokestown Park.

Great Famine Voices Roadshow: your stories

Local stories, recorded by Greg Quiery and Roger Appleton, in 2020, for the Great Famine Voices archive. Premiering at #LIF2020.

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My Aunt and I

Carmen tells the story of her famous aunty, Delia Murphy (and her famed voice), using personal memories, song, poems and fond imitation.

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IndieCork

A short film programme, curated for the Liverpool Irish Festival, from submissions to IndieCork in 2020.

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Celtic Animation Film Festival

A programme of short animations, curated exclusively for the Liverpool Irish Festival.

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Adrian Duncan: Exchanging Places

Join Adrian discussing being an Irish artist abroad, Berlin’s impact on his work and whether his training influences his artistic view.

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City of Hunger; City of Gold

Greg Quiery – author, poet, historian- leads exceptionally researched trails of Liverpool, outlining the influence Irish lives have had here.

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Liverpool Lambs: listening party

Liverpool Lambs is a play written by Liverpool Irish pals Peter King and Steve Nolan. The podcast is produced by Falling Doors Theatre exclusively for #LIF2020.

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Hard Histories, Positive Futures with Patrick Kielty

Patrick leads an open, earnest and difficult interview with theVictims and Survivors Forum about issues arising from Ireland’s conflicts.

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South Liverpool Walk

Greg Quiery – author, poet, historian- leads exceptionally researched trails of Liverpool, outlining the influence Irish lives have had here.

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Trad Disco Ft. DJ Paddy Callaghan

Live trad DJ set from Comhaltas favourite DJ Paddy Callaghan. Supported by Comhaltas in Britain.

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From here…

Unemployable Promotions showcase their roster, providing a flavour of Cork’s music scene, in this promitional film, produced and streamed exclusively for #LIF2020.

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Mellowtone presents…

Produced for #LIF2020, Mellowtone’s film includescontributions from Seafoam Green, Simon Herron, Only Child, Kingfast, and Motel Sundown.

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#LIF2020 digital launch

Join other Facebookers in a general watch party over on our Facebook channel. Featuring glimpses of the Festival, exclusive films and previews, it provides a great showcase for the days ahead.

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Mixed Heritage Mixer

Continuing our work with communities on dual-heritage lives the session airs specific community differences. Part of Black History Month.

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Cultural Connectedness Exchange

Connecting leaders from Irish service providers in the UK and Irish makers.

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In the Window: Featured artist Mike Byrne

Mike Byrne is the 2020 winner of the In the Window commission at Bluecoat Display Centre, in this Festival and Design and Crafts Council of Ireland exhibition partnership.

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Diaries. Monuments. Memory…

Having rescued her 2003 Hong Kong based SARS diaries, Edy Fung compares lockdowns through time and space; physically in Derry and online via archives.

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Mr and Mrs Kwok Fong (c) The Sound Agents

Liverpool Family Ties: The Irish Connection (4pm)

Liverpool Family Ties: The Irish Connection is a LIF commissioned documentary made by Mersey-based artists and oral historians The Sound Agents, funded by the Irish Embassy.

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Mr and Mrs Kwok Fong (c) The Sound Agents

Liverpool Family Ties: The Irish Connection (2pm)

Liverpool Family Ties: The Irish Connection is a LIF commissioned documentary made by Mersey-based artists and oral historians The Sound Agents, funded by the Irish Embassy.

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Rory O’Hanlon: Comedy

Rory O’Hanlon -7-time Edinburgh show star- returns to his old stomping ground -Shenanigans- where he worked 20 years ago, before fame and fortune came knocking.

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Family Céilí

With music and dance from Liverpool Comhaltas; The Armagh Rhymers alsp bring folk stories, mumming and children’s books, galore. Family fun all afternoon.

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Heritage coach tour

Visiting Liverpool sites with irish relevance, this exceptional tour is written and co-ordinated by historian Greg Quiery.

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Rebels and Friends

Sisters Con and Eva were born into wealth, but strove relentlessly for those in need. Fierce suffragists, their story is as relevant now as 100 years ago.

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Family Day

With a veritable array of activities (+ an entire museum to admire), you can be certain of encountering music, dance, screenings and previews…

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The Biggest Show in the Country

When an unexpected oil bonanza in Mary’s garden suddenly changes the fortunes of Ulster and its people, is the world ready for the emergence of Northern Ireland as a global superpower?

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Remembering Peggy – Melodic Memories

Peggy Peakin was a Liverpool music ‘influencer’ for over 50 years. Pupils, fellow players of traditional music and friends, honour her by playing and passing on stories in an evening of celebration.

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Rebels and Friends

Sisters Con and Eva were born into wealth, but strove relentlessly for those in need. Fierce suffragists, their story is as relevant now as 100 years ago.

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The Biggest Show in the Country

When an unexpected oil bonanza in Mary’s garden suddenly changes the fortunes of Ulster and its people, is the world ready for the emergence of Northern Ireland as a global superpower?

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Two Souls

Author of Two Souls, Henry McDonald reads from the book and answer questions from journalist and former head of BBC Radio Merseyside Mick Ord.

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Backstop: ensuring Irish-UK cultural collaborations after Brexit

After Brexit, how can we ensure cultural production continues between Ireland and Britain? Panel talk led by Edge Hill’s Institute for Creative Enterprise.

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Visible Women

A triple bill of female musicians, plus excellent spoken word artist -Ciara Ni E, as host! A night of music to illustrate where the bright young things are in today’s Irish contempory music and what they are saying!

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Gradam Ceoil masterclass: concertina

Liverpool Irish Festival and TG4 bring you three exceptional masterclasses with (recent) past Gradam Ceoil winners and experts in the fields of accordion, fiddle and concertina.

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Gradam Ceoil masterclass: fiddle

Liverpool Irish Festival and TG4 bring you three exceptional masterclasses with (recent) past Gradam Ceoil winners and experts in the fields of accordion, fiddle and concertina.

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Gradam Ceoil masterclass: accordion

Liverpool Irish Festival and TG4 bring you three exceptional masterclasses with (recent) past Gradam Ceoil winners and experts in the fields of accordion, fiddle and concertina.

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TG4’s Gradam Ceoil: An Irish Trad Night

Liverpool Irish Festival hosts a night rich with exceptional Irish music from two recent Gradam Ceoil winners and a TG4 presenter and fiddler.

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Ireland’s Call (by John Connors)

John Connors performs this gripping story of three young men, in Ireland’s Call.

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Kilkelly - The Pick and teh Petal album cover, detail only

Kilkelly + Sue Rynhart

Linking visual art with music, music with story and story with a cross-album narrative arc, Kilkelly reveal –in great depth- their new concept album: The Prick and the Petal.

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IndieCork: The Dark Green Horror

IndieCork Film Festival is a platform for new and emerging filmmaking talent. LIF2019 will premier films directfrom IndieCork.

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Scotland Road Walk

Featuring the stories of heroic men and women, footballers and rock stars, two hidden statues, a graveyard and the legends of Dandy Pat and James Carling.

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Celtic Animation Film Festival

The theme for this year’s Celtic Anmation Film Festival is women in animation and content focusing on women’s issues. 

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The Spirit of the Reels: Liverpool Céilí Band

Welcome to the launch of the book about the famous Liverpool Céilí Band of the 1960s and 70s.

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South Liverpool Walk

A walking tour that visits the remarkable architecture of the Hope and Rodney Street areas, discovering the history, politics and culture of Liverpool’s vibrant Irish community.

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A New Leaf Tour

A New Leaf is a compelling children’s story about a woodland and its discovery of an enchanting new leaf; written and performed by Brian Acton.

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A New Leaf Tour

A New Leaf is a compelling children’s story about a woodland and its discovery of an enchanting new leaf; written and performed by Brian Acton.

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Jack Lukeman

Playing the Liverpool Irish Festival for the first time, Jack Lukeman (Co.Kildare) is becoming a Liverpool regular, having played the Philharmonic Music Room and Vince Power’s 2018 Liverpool Feis previously.

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#LIF2019 Official launch

Providing a snapshot of the festival ahead, the launch welcomes you to get a taste of Ireland, in the natural home of Liverpool’s Irish community.

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Hello Delia Murphy

Hello Delia Murphy is an illustrated, beguiling talk with songs –compiled and performed by Delia’s niece, Carmen Cullen- accompanied by Gerry Anderson on guitar.

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Watch me grow / a trip here a trip there

A collaborative digital and physical exhibition, run by Art Arcadia at Sefton Park Palm House for #LIF2019, ‘A Trip Here, a trip there’ grows across the Festival, hence its original title ‘Watch Me Grow’.

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Christy Moore

One of the most compelling and inspirational musicians Ireland has ever seen, Christy Moore has a universal fan base and continues to entertain.

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Materials Library

A drop in resource for people to browse Irish texts during #LIF2019 in the comfort of the Everyman, a cultural hub for the city.

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In:Visible Women week

In:Visible Women is an annual strand of work within the Liverpool Irish Festival about the role of women in Irish society and creativity; today and historically.

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In the Window – Rory Shearer

The Bluecoat Display Centre present ceramicist Rory Shearer (Derry) for their monthly In the Window feature as part of #LIF2019.

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Eithne Browne tree-huggging at Sefton Park Palm House (c) Naomi McAllister

Quirky Cabaret – Celtic Crossings

Running as a fundraiser for #LIF2019, Eithne Browne (Patron of Liverpool Irish Festival) and a raft of friends, produce a night of Celtic entertainment in the stunning surrounds of the Sefton Park Palm House.

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River Festival 2019

The River Festival is back! Each year Liverpool plays host to an incredible set of installations, acts, ships and activities to welcome the dawn of summer (we hope!) and Liverpool Irish Festival are stoked to be involved once again.

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Stephen James Smith

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today; support is Ciarán Hodgers.

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Family Rushforth enjoy the Family Céilí at #LIF2017 (c) E Smith

Family Céilí

The Family Céilí is a popular event at the Liverpool Irish Festival. It returns to the spiritual home of the Irish community, the Liverpool Irish Centre.

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The Jesse Janes

A great band to spend the evening with, The Jesse Janes will wow you with powerful harmonies and sheer range of instruments!

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To Have to Shoot Irishmen

Inspired by true events, To Have To Shoot Irishmen weaves movement and live folk song into a tale of militarism, corruption and the power of rebellion.

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Migration Panel

Focussing on the key theme of this year’s festival, this event welcomes an esteemed panel of experts discuss the cause, effect and lasting influence of Irish migration.

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Official launch of TG 4’s ‘Gaeil UK’

Seán Mac an tSíthigh travels from Glasgow to London to meet with many generations of the Irish community living in the UK.

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Greg Quiery leads tour in 2016

South Liverpool Heritage Walk

Walk though Liverpool’s historic Rodney and Hope Street areas, discovering colourful characters and long-lost histories.

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Family Day

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

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Samhain with Conleth McGeary

Samhain exists as a festival for the dead. Celebrate this Samhain with Conleth McGeary!

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To Have to Shoot Irishmen

Inspired by true events, To Have To Shoot Irishmen weaves movement and live folk song into a tale of militarism, corruption and the power of rebellion.

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Socks in the Frying Pan

Cheerful brilliance from this County Clare band as part of #LIF2018.

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Countess Markievicz…

First wave Irish feminism had one goal; get votes for women. The battle of complex political issues, nationalism and unionism are explored in this talk.

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Celtic Animation Film Festival

The Celtic Animation Film Festival celebrates and encourages animators to share practice, tell stories and reflect on Celtic culture and concerns.

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To Have to Shoot Irishmen

Inspired by true events, To Have To Shoot Irishmen weaves movement and live folk song into a tale of militarism, corruption and the power of rebellion.

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A bridge of Tunes: Bernadette Nic Gabhann and Mikey Kenney

Two traditional fiddlers come together to celebrate the musical links between Ireland, Liverpool and Lancashire and a history of shared tunes and dances.

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Kitty

A play commemorating the significant influence Kitty played in Liverpool by helping to turn the tide on an epidemic spreading through the city; cholera.

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Responding to Robert Tressel: A Panel

The panel will consider Robert Tressell’s work The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, lorded internationally as a seminal text for socialists.

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The Biggest Show in the Country

Inspired by daily radio phone-in The Nolan Show, The Biggest Show in The Country swaps guns, bombs and bullets for glitter, banter and ballads.

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Rat in the Skull

Rat in the Skull is an interview between a Royal Ulster Constabulary inspector and a Catholic man in London detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

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David O’Doherty: You Have to Laugh

David O’Doherty is back on tour with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986.

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Two Plays: Baggage and When Nora Met Jim

#LIF2018 presents Baggage and When Nora Met Jim. Both plays have been written in Liverpool and feature local actors. Expect low-fi tech, but high-fi impact.

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IndieCork: New Irish Shorts from Women

Following on from IndieCork: New Irish Shorts, this evening’s programme represents the best of the female led shorts at IndieCork Film Festival 2018.

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The James Connolly Reader: A Rebel for Today

The James Connolly Reader looks at a leading figure in Ireland’s 1916 anti-British rule campaigns and socialist philisophy.

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Lankum

A traditional folk group, Lankum (Dublin) combine distinctive four part harmonies with uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar.

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IndieCork feature: Making the Grade

Making the Grade is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers.

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The Corner Boys

Ladies Who Punch proudly present the UK tour The Corner Boys, by award-winner John MacKenna, as part of #LIF2018 at Liverpool Irish Centre and The Crown.

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IndieCork: New Irish Shorts

IndieCork Film Festival is a platform for new and emerging filmmaking talent and these programmes are a useful showcase of emerging Irish voices.

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Féile Voices : 30 years of Féile an Phobail

Marking 30 years of Belfast’s Féile an Phobail and the book release of Féile Voices at 30, telling the story of a significant cultural and political festival.

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TG 4 Liverpool Irish Live Playalongs

#LIF2018 brings you talent from the Liverpool Irish musical community in informal, playalong sets. If you have a bodhrán or a fiddle come and play along!

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Architectural Migrations

Dr Claire Kinsella (Staffordshire University) considers the tensions and contradictions between Irish identity, migration and the high-rise built form.

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The Corner Boys

Ladies Who Punch proudly present the UK tour The Corner Boys, by award-winner John MacKenna, as part of #LIF2018 at Liverpool Irish Centre and The Crown.

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Liverpool Literary Festival banner with Liver Bird

Eamonn Hughes -‘The Train and the River’- Van Morrison’s Belfast

Drawing on his work with Van Morrison, Hughes examines Morrison’s representation of Belfast as an alternative to images of it as a city of conflict.

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Lamb

Depicting an unconventional relationship between a naïve young cleric and a troubled child, Lamb is vivid and unsettling. Cert 15.

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A selection of Liverpool and Irish craft beers on a wooden barrel top (detail) (c) Pedro Cozier

Irish Craft Beer Festival

Irish beer, Irish soft drinks and Irish food all served at the Handyman’s Superrmarket (the sister to Smithdown Roads Kelly’s Dispensary) for #LIF2018.

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Greg Quiery leads tour in 2016

Irish Heritage Walk

This local history walk features Irish journalists, Italian craftsmen, Lancashire slavers, Polish Impressionists and Liverpool pirates in an exploration of arts and politics.

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Hooley

As well as a gale or an argument, a ‘hooley’ is a big old Irish party with music, dancing and –most importantly- oodles of fun.

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The Morning After the Life Before

A personal, entertaining tale of weddings, ‘coming out’ and arguments over who takes out the bins.

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The Jesse Janes

A great band to spend the evening with, The Jesse Janes will wow you with powerful harmonies and sheer range of instruments!

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The Hot Sprockets

Take some good-time revolutionary spirit, add a pinch of psychedelic flavour, simmer it down with some indie soul and you get close to the cosmic vibe of The Hot Sprockets.

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Baggage

Two women find a common place where they can come together as friends. A play about friendhip, homelessness and hope by Bev Clark at #LIF2018.

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Sebastian Barry portrait

Sebastian Barry in conversation with Professor Roy Foster

Two stalwarts of Irish literature – Sebastian Barry and Professor Roy Foster – in conversation as part of the Liverpool Literary Festival at #LIF2018.

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A selection of Liverpool and Irish craft beers on a wooden barrel top (detail) (c) Pedro Cozier

Irish Craft Beer Festival

Irish beer, Irish soft drinks and Irish food all served at the Handyman’s Superrmarket (the sister to Smithdown Roads Kelly’s Dispensary) for #LIF2018.

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Deborah Frances-White and The Guilty Feminist

The Guilty Feminist – Liverpool Irish Festival special

Presenting a special Liverpool Irish Festival programme, The Guilty Feminist considers the noble goals of 21st centurty feminists and the paradoxes and insecurities which undermine them. This is their first time in Liverpool!

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Greg Quiery leads tour in 2016

Scotland Road Walk

Exploring Liverpool’s world famous dockland district, its Irish traditions, connections to the Easter Rising and forgotten graveyards and tunnels. #LIF2018

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A selection of Liverpool and Irish craft beers on a wooden barrel top (detail) (c) Pedro Cozier

Irish Craft Beer Festival

Irish beer, Irish soft drinks and Irish food all served at the Handyman’s Superrmarket (the sister to Smithdown Roads Kelly’s Dispensary) for #LIF2018.

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Image features Lisa McInerney portrait and Sally Rooney portrait, the latter by Jonny I Davies

New Voices with Alex Clark

Alex Clark presents authors Sally Rooney, Lisa McInerney and Anthony Joseph who have have enjoyed considerable critical success and are clearly writers to watch in future.

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Peeled Pomello Fruit (c) Charles Deluvio at unsplash

In:Visible Women

In:Visible Women is a concept, platform and trail that runs through LivIrishFest annually. It discusses the role of women in Irish society and creativity.

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Your World workshop

Focussing on identity Your World explores how to adapt in new locations; what it is like to long to belong and how to ground yourself without losing you.

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Seisiúns/Sessions

The Liverpool Irish Festival is proud to support a number of seisiúns/sessions running across the city. Bring an instrument and play along!

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Kíla

Kíla‘s eight members come from the differing musical backgrounds, resulting in a fresh blend of freewheeling instrumentals, furious jigs and primal rhythms.

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Eggsistentialism

Eggsistentialism takes a light-hearted but unflinching look at one of life’s most compelling dilemmas: should making a life for oneself involve making another?

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A selection of Liverpool and Irish craft beers on a wooden barrel top (detail) (c) Pedro Cozier

Irish Craft Beer Festival

Irish beer, Irish soft drinks and Irish food all served at the Handyman’s Superrmarket (the sister to Smithdown Roads Kelly’s Dispensary) for #LIF2018.

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Frieling the Music

Taking inspiration from Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, LJMU Masters student, Corey Harbinson, presents new text, music and songs.

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Irish Builders of Modern Britain

An invitation to Irish navvies and nurses -or their connections- to discuss the shape and role of an Irish legacy project in the making at the Cunard Building.

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Ye Vagabonds

The Liverpool Philharmonic present Ye Vagabonds for the Liverpool Irish Festival 2018.

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Liverpool Irish Festival Launch

Opening the festival with a taste of home (Irish stew), a glass of the black stuff and migration stories told by poets and performers and sung by Bill Booth and followed by Catherine Cook.

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Frieling the Music

Taking inspiration from Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, LJMU Masters student, Corey Harbinson, presents new text, music and songs.

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In:Visible Women collage workshop, #LIF2017, Liverpool Blackwell's (c) E Smith c/o LIF

Sorcha Boyle Exhibition – Repeal the Eighth – Private View

This event is the private view for the Repeal the Eighth exhibit. Pop in and have a look at a creative response to the biggest ever vote on body autonomy.

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Sorcha Boyle exhibition – Repeal the Eighth

Liverpool Irish Festival and OUTPUT Gallery invited artists to show their response to this year’s #YesTogether/Repeal the Eighth campaign. This is the result of that call.

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It’s The Travelling Life – Private View

It’s a Travelling Life takes place at The Brink as part of The Art of Falling Apart as part of the Liverpool Mental Health Festival and George Henry Lee’s as part of #LIF2018.

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Materials library

The Materials Library at Liverpool Everyman is the ideal cultural hotspot to browse a festival brochure, pick up a bite to eat and encounter some of the city’s performance artists.

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It’s The Travelling Life: Part II

It’s a Travelling Life takes place at The Brink as part of The Art of Falling Apart as part of the Liverpool Mental Health Festival and George Henry Lee’s as part of #LIF2018.

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It’s The Travelling Life: Part I – The Art of Falling Apart

It’s a Travelling Life takes place at The Brink as part of The Art of Falling Apart as part of the Liverpool Mental Health Festival and George Henry Lee’s as part of #LIF2018.

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Berina Kelly - Thread I

Berina Kelly – Jewellery in the Window

Impressive display of Berina Kelly jewellery at the Bluecoat Display Centre shown ‘In the Window’ as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival.

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A view up through a tall ship's rigging

Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta

For the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta, you can find LIF at the Martin Luther King Jnr building and on the nearby tallship, La Malouine. See event notes for more details.

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Greening the city – St Patrick’s Day

Watch Liverpool’s major buildings go green for St Patrick’s Day 2018. To ensue more buildings get involved support us using #GreenLiverpoolYes

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Finns Hotel Ceilidh Band: Fundraising dance

Finns Hotel Ceilidh Band will play – for one night only – fundraising for Irish Community Care.

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Kelly’s Irish Trad Session

A trad session in a good pub. Kelly’s (Smithdown) is a long-time friend of the festival and helps see out LivIrishFest2017 with their regular session

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A Liverpool Music Tours group walk pauses o Hope Street at the Suitcase Monument

Liverpool Music Tours: walks

Liverpool Music Tours are offering two cultural walking tours as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Families and friends dancing at the annual ceili (c) Bob Edwards

Family céilí and Comhaltas’s 60th celebrations

Organised by Liverpool Comhaltas and Liverpool Irish Centre in partnership with LivIrishFest2017, this event forms part a Family Weekend during the festival

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Carmel Kelly press shot - portrait in front of a series of bookshelves

Children’s Hour with Carmel Kelly

Carmel Uí Cheallaigh/Kelly (Galway, ROI) is a children’s author and picture book creator, writing in Gaelic and English. Her motto is “Picture books are for everyone”.

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Burning Wheel: Album launch

Burning Wheel’s intense live shows move from plaintive Dylan-folk to hypnotic and danceable country-soul, accompanied by Flaming Lips style pyro-technics.

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Liverpool Comhaltas and Liverpool Céilí Band evening

Join Liverpool Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and the Liverpool Céilí Band in celebrating Comhaltas’s sixtieth anniversary

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Edward & Eliza and the Smashing of the Van - an illustration of the 1867 attack on a police van to free the prisoners within

Edward and Eliza and the Smashing of the Van

Written to coincide with the 150th anniversary of real events, Edward and Eliza explores dilemmas that are still very relevant today as part of Liverpool Irish Festival 2017

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A Liverpool Music Tours group walk pauses o Hope Street at the Suitcase Monument

Liverpool Music Tours: walks

Liverpool Music Tours are offering two cultural walking tours as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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The Lily and the Poppy

Liverpool Irish Festival and Institute of Irish Studies present two high profile Irish women, talking about reconciliation and living peacefully in conflict

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Polling Station sign (detail of photograph), courtesy of Pixaby

Votes for Irish Citizens abroad (VICA): A Debate

Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad are under discussion considering what Irish citizenship means/could mean for referenda – today and in future.

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

Family Day at the Museum

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.

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Trad session at Peter Kavanagh's

Trad at PK’s

Come along to this unique, Grade II listed pub, full of curios and character to join in the weekly toe-tapping music session. Famed for its collection of artefacts, murals and ship’s tables (front lounge), this pub is a must see!

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Traditional Irish Music Session

This event is organised by Liverpool Comhaltas and the Liverpool Irish Centre in partnership with LivIrishFest2017 and forms part of a wider family weekend

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Samhain at Kelly’s ft. The Jesse Janes and Conleath McGeary

Conleath McGeary and headliners, The Jesse Janes, provide a great night of Irish folk, bluegrass, skiffle and rock and roll

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Ailbhe Reddy press shot (detail) - Ailbe sits far right on a long bench

Visible Women: New and powerful Women in music

A fitting way to end our In:Visible Women day, this evening of female singer song-writers goes to show just how far women have come. Presented by Liverpool Irish Festival

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Alan O'Hare on stage with Only Child (C) Adrian Whatron

Mellowtone presents Only Child

A unique venue for this incredible event with Only Child, Limerance and Rachael Jean Harris; presented as part of the Liveprool Irish Festival.

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Everton Magic Sponge (c) Ken Grant

“No, that’s my uncle”

Whilst Ken Grant was showing his photographs to a community group in Dublin is the early 1990s, a woman became convinced that she knew the people in the picture as close relatives. She was wrong.

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Untitled Saturday Girl Liverpool (detail) (c) CaseyOrr, 2014-8

In:Visible Women – illuminating debates

A full day of discussion, debate, case studies and Q&As considering women’s rights and issues in history, today and ahead

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Stage shot of 4 cast members infront of some graffiti (c) Andrew AB

Committed

Following its festival success in 2014, Stephen Smith’s Committed is back in full force with Falling Doors Theatre for LivIrishFest2017

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The Breath (c) York Tillyer - 4 members, sat onteh floor in front of a large arched window

The Breath

An exquisite night of music delivered at the Capstone Theatre as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival 2017

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Orla Guerin portrait - press image (detail)

Orla Guerin – Front lines, Fault lines and Deadlines – 30 Years of chasing the story

Contributing to the Liverpool Irish Festival’s new strand of work: In:Visible Women, Orla Guerin will speak about her life and work on behalf of the the Institute of Irish Studies

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Alan O'Hare on stage at the Magnet

The Magnet Open Mic in association with Mellowtone

Returning once again, Alan O’Hare (Only Child) hosts a mic night of music, slam poetry and beats from the best of open mic contributors at The Magnet, the bar Noel Gallagher called the “the best club in the UK for future Rock and Roll stars”.

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Supper céilí

A regular feature on the Liverpool Irish Centre’s calendar, the Supper Céilí provides a night of céilí dancing, with live music from Michael Coyne

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A promptional still from the film I Am Belfast featuring a women, hair back in a bun and wearing a dark coat, stood before a large, light rock formation

I am Belfast: Empty Spaces Cinema at the Handyman Supermarket

Join Empty Spaces Cinema at The Handyman Supermarket for a pop-up film festival celebrating Irish cinema with a mixture of movies that look at Irish life

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Two plays - poster advertising 'Aftermath' and 'Settled Score', featuring original artwork

Two plays: Settled Score/ Aftermath

Script Shop are a local group of writers and performers, who have developed two plays linking Liverpool and Ireland, being shown at LivIrishFest2017.

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Promotional still from the film, The Irish Pub

The Irish Pub: Empty Spaces Cinema at the Handyman Supermarket

Join Empty Spaces Cinema at The Handyman Supermarket for a pop-up film festival celebrating Irish cinema with a mixture of movies that look at Irish life

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Promotional, illustrated still from The Secret of Kells featuring two characters on a tree

The Secret of Kells: Empty Spaces Cinema at the Handyman Supermarket

Join Empty Spaces Cinema at The Handyman Supermarket for a pop-up film festival celebrating Irish cinema with a mixture of movies that look at Irish life

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Handmade posters and pamphlets made up of collages (c) Grace Edwards

Collage Workshop: Spread the Word and Repeal the 8th

Through the medium of collage, attendees will make handmade booklets and posters to photocopy and distribute amongst friends, whilst discussing what UK citizens can do to help people seeking abortions in Ireland.

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Still detail from Marky's Bad Week (c) Daniel Holmwood

IndieCork considers IN:Visible Women

A selection of contemporary short films direct from IndieCork 2017 that reflect on the theme of In:Visible Women, in partnership with LivIrishFest2017.

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Sorcha Brooks, Pamela Flanagan as Pegeen and Aileen in Body & Blood (c) Unclouded Moon Productions (web)

Body and Blood

‘Body and Blood’ is a new play exploring a buried cultural history, undertaking its northern debut at the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Black and white portriats of 4 members of the Saltcutters playing instruments

The Saltcutters: Gig and seisiún at the Cali

The Saltcutters are a Scouse Irish dance band, based in Liverpool and Cali sessions provide a place to meet for players and listeners to explore a wealth of Irish and Liverpool traditional songs

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Trad at the Eddie

One of the best known and highly regarded trad sessions in town, the Eddie is a small pub so arrive early to ensure getting a place

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Anita Rochford and Mikey Kenney

A relaxed evening in a great local with festival stalwart Mikey Kenney and The Caledonia, which serves as a regular venue for Liverpool Irish Festival goers

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Sorcha Brooks, Pamela Flanagan as Pegeen and Aileen in Body & Blood (c) Unclouded Moon Productions (web)

Body and Blood

‘Body and Blood’ is a new play exploring a buried cultural history, undertaking its northern debut at the Liverpool Irish Festival

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IndieCork presents Best New Irish Short Films 2017

An evening of contemporary short films premiered at IndieCork in Oct 2017 have their first UK outing at LivIrishFest2017.

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In Hardship and in Hope: A history of the Liverpool Irish

Walk leader, historian, Liverpool Irish Festival Board Director and local resident Greg Quiery launches his new book as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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A Liverpool Music Tours group walk pauses o Hope Street at the Suitcase Monument

Liverpool Music Tours: walks

Liverpool Music Tours are offering two cultural walking tours as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Committed

Following its festival success in 2014, Stephen Smith’s Committed is back in full force with Falling Doors Theatre for LivIrishFest2017

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Celtic Animation Film Festival

The Celtic Animation Film Festival showcases animated films from those submitted to this year’s inaugural competition. Organised by Kate Corbin and Eleonora Asparuhova, with support from and in partnership with the Liverpool Irish Festival.

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Greg Quiery leads tour in 2016

South Liverpool Heritage Walk

Another fun history walk with leader and historian Greg Queiry as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Colourfully lit white wall, with guitar, stand and LED lights (c) Peter Carr, 2015

Festival Club – the Aftershow

Social space with music and song to carry on the Liverpool Irish Festival party spirit, meet friends and share stories

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Strength NIA

Strength NIA are a Derry band. This event is a partnership event between the Liverpool Irish Centre and the Liverpool Irish Festival

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The Eskies

A night of two big bands – the Eskies and Hop the Sea – over at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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A Liverpool Music Tours group walk pauses o Hope Street at the Suitcase Monument

Liverpool Music Tours: walks

Liverpool Music Tours are offering two cultural walking tours as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Greg Quiery leads tour in 2016

Scotland Road walk

A fun, history walk taking in Scotland Road and areas nearby that have Irish significance. Guided by historian Greg Quiery as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Song of Love

Song of Love is an art installation that celebrates our ability to commune with nature and sound’s heavenly effects on our souls, bodies and voice as part of LivIrishFest2017

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Uncle John and Aunt Mary, After The Dance (c) Daisy Asquith

After the Dance

Daisy Asquith’s documentary follows her mother’s story of adoption, tracing her genealogical line back to Kilkee (Co Clare).

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Greg Quiery leads tour in 2016

Irish Heritage Walk

A fun, history based walk around some of the city centre, with historian and guide Greg Quiery, as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Colourfully lit white wall, with guitar, stand and LED lights (c) Peter Carr, 2015

Festival Club – the Aftershow

Social space with music and song to carry on the Liverpool Irish Festival party spirit, meet friends and share stories

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The WHilstlin' Donkeys prmomitional image of 6 black and white upstanding donkeys, wearing suits in front of large a watercolour shamrock

The Whistlin’ Donkeys

The Whistlin’ Donkeys are a County Tyrone based folk/trad/rock super group. This event is organised by the Liverpool Irish Centre for the Liverpool Irish Festival.

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Dave O'Grady of Seafoam Green plays guitar

Seafoam Green presented by Mellowtone

Exceptional band Seafoam Green play in this unusual setting for the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Irish Toffees and Green Shoots

Michael Walker book launch (DeCoubertain) and Everton Fan Forum event, hosted at Goodison Park as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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A selection of Liverpool and Irish craft beers on a wooden barrel top (detail) (c) Pedro Cozier

Handyman Supermarket Irish Craft Beer Festival

Irish Craft Beer festival at the Handyman Supermarket, on Smithdown Road, run as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival. This is an over 18s event

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Song of Love

Song of Love is an art installation that celebrates our ability to commune with nature and sound’s heavenly effects on our souls, bodies and voice as part of LivIrishFest2017

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Colourfully lit white wall, with guitar, stand and LED lights (c) Peter Carr, 2015

Festival Club – the Aftershow

Social space with music and song to carry on the Liverpool Irish Festival party spirit, meet friends and share stories

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Jinx Lennon in his sunglasses on stage

Jinx Lennon – a concert

Punk poet Jinx Lennon returns to the Liverpool Irish Festival for this solo performance

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Audience at previous Liverpool Irish Festival events

Liverpool Irish Festival Launch

Launch to celebrate the opening of Liverpool Irish Festival 2017 and our fifteen year anniversary

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Male looks out at skyscrapers of a metropolis on a bight, cloud free day. Lead film image

Coming Home (Documentary film)

Five years in the making, Coming Home is a documentary that charts the dreams and histories of five Irish immigrants, from their locations on four continents

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Lóistín imeasc na rónta (detail only) (c) Deidre McKenna (web)

An Béal Bocht: A reflection (exhibition launch)

An exceptional print exhibit from Irish artist Deidre McKenna based on the novel An Béal Bocht/The Poor Mouth, at the Florrie as part of LivIrishFest2017

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Lóistín imeasc na rónta (detail only) (c) Deidre McKenna (web)

An Béal Bocht: A reflection (print exhibition)

An exceptional print exhibit from Irish artist Deidre McKenna based on the novel An Béal Bocht/The Poor Mouth, at the Florrie as part of LivIrishFest2017

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Materials library

Free to use materials library, containing books, maps, music scores, etc, based at the Everyman.

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Close up detail of a ceramic statute of a women by Christy Keeney

Christy Keeney – Ceramics In the Window

Impressive display of Christy Keeney’s ceramics at the Bluecoat Display Centre shown ‘In the Window’ as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Stage takeover at Mersey River Festival 2017

Liverpool Irish Festival are proud to announce their line up for Mersey River Festival 2017, where we will takeover the Liverpool International Music Stage on the Kaskelot (accessible via Albert Dock Gates, from the Strand).

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Connected Irish and St Patrick’s Day Programme

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day and connect with other Liverpool Irish businesses, services and organisations by attending this year’s Connected Irish Business Breakfast at Liverpool Town Hall

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Movema World Studios Grand Opening

Collaborative event celebrating the opening of Movema‘s new dance studios

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Movema leading a street ceili

Thursday ceílí class

Movema are a multi-award winning company specialising in dances from around the world and long-time collaborators with the festival

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Promotional portrait of Damien Dempsey

Damien Dempsey – SOLD OUT

Headline act Damien Dempsey closes the festival with this, the last event

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Trad session at Kelly's Dispensary

Irish Trad Session

Fun and friendship through music at Kelly’s Dispensary! You can enjoy a nip here, too!

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I Could Read the Sky

A British Council film shown in this exceptional, volunteer led location

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Family ceílí

A real family day, with dance, music and Bluecoat‘s incredible upstairs bar whre visitors can enjoy a coffee or a full meal – menus available

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South Liverpool Heritage Walk

This is a walking tour. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing weather conditions. Gather at Tickets and Information to meet your guide

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Social seisiún

Enjoy some R&R at the Everyman, the Liverpool Irish Festival’s official social centre

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The Logues

Fast, furious fun!

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Social seisiún

Enjoy some R&R in the Everyman, Liverpool Irish Festival‘s official social centre

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Scotland Road walk

This is a walking tour. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing weather conditions. Please note the street location before departure

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Alsop Drama 'Three Plays' poster, featuring their logo over an historic/aged map

Three plays: ‘Riders to the Sea’; ‘The Shadow of the Glen’ and ‘Purgatory’

A must see for literature lovers and theatre goers. Ask for Treasure House Theatre on arrival

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Everyman and Playouhse logo (e&p in a circle)

Social seisiúns

Enjoy some R&R at the Everyman, Liverpool Irish Festival‘s official social centre

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Traditional Music session

A fantastic, people friendly, real ale, authentically retro pub. The best insult laden late night quiz on a Thursday and music on Tuesdays and Saturdays

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Rackhouse Pilfer

Toe-tapping brilliance in a warm and friendly bar

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Lisa Hannigan

Charge your glasses (and your phone) at one of the most hospitable joints you will find at the heart of the city

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Photograph of 'Skloniste' graffitied on a wall (c) Jim Marshall

Sklonište

An unusual and intimate performance, supported by Arts Council England‘s Grants for the Arts programme

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What the focal! – Film, talk and panel discussion

A film; a pint and a discussion to follow!

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The Caledonia - internal shot of audience with a band

Open session

A fun, easy, freewheeling night at The Caledonia

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Movema leading a street ceili

Thursday ceílí class

Movema are a multi-award winning company specialising in dances from around the world and long-time collaborators with the festival

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An 'Open' sign in the dark (c) Danny Ryder Photography

The Magnet Open Mic Liverpool Irish Festival Special, in association with Mellowtone

A highly sociable evening with music, laughter and little bit of musical risk-taking at The Magnet, one of favourite Liverpool venues!

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Storytelling with Liz Weir

A great event for families with slightly older children, for a pre-sleep, slightly spooky, storytelling session

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Scadán

The Invisible Wind Factory is a new space for creation, fabrication and construction of arts, events and experiences, run by the creators of the Kazimier

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IndieCork presents Best New Irish Short Films 2016

Part of an ongoing co-production between Liverpool Irish Festival, IndieCork and Picture House

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Scadán

The Invisible Wind Factory is a new space for creation, fabrication and construction of arts, events and experiences, run by the creators of the Kazimier

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A portrait of Mike Hannigan, Co-Director of IndieCork Festival and lead for 'Our August Destiny'

IndieCork presents ‘Our August Destiny’: short films in the wake of 1916

Part of an ongoing co-production between Liverpool Irish Festival, IndieCork and Picture House

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The Caledonia - internal shot of audience with a band

Caledonia Irish session

Drop in to enjoy some music and a drink at the Caledonia; a festival favourite

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Trad music session

Cozy, convivial cacophony at ‘the Eddie’

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Still from 66 Days, showing two men in a prison cell, following a 'dirty protest' (detail of original image only)

66 Days

This film is a 12A and discusses difficult themes including political matters, hunger striking, prison systems and faith. Parental guidance is advised

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The Gaelic League and the Easter Rising

Connected with the exhibition Liverpool and the Easter Rising this talk unpicks why Liverpool was such a major contributor to the Easter Rising in 1916

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Band image with all four members playing instruments (c) Brian Flanagan

Lynched

Contemporary music in a world class venue

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Liverpool Lambs

Linked to the 1916 Commemorations, Liverpool Lambs is a must see for anyone with Liverpool Irish heritage or an interest in Ireland’s history

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Scotland Road walk

This is a walking tour. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing weather conditions. Please note the street location before leaving

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Irish Heritage Walk

This is a walking tour. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing weather conditions. Gather at Tickets and Information, Bluecoat to meet your guide

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Everyman and Playouhse logo (e&p in a circle)

Social seisiúns

Enjoy some R&R at the Everyman, Liverpool irish Festival‘s official social centre

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Trad session at Kelly's Dispensary

Samhain at Kelly’s

For a real taste of Ireland, Kelly’s Dispensary on Smithdown Road does the job!

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Seán Keane in the company of Pat Coyne and Fergus Feely

Convivial music in welcome surrounds; St Michael’s Irish Centre is a community favourite

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Social seisiún

Enjoy some R&R in the Everyman, Liverpool Irish Festival‘s official social centre

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The Lily and the Poppy: Reconciliation and the Centenary Commemorations

This event takes place within the Liverpool Irish Festival‘s family day, in memory of those lost during the World Wars

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Family Day

A day for all the family to enjoy, with music, dance, talks and more; all under the glorious roof of the Museum of Liverpool

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Everyman and Playouhse logo (e&p in a circle)

Social seisiún

Enjoy some R&R at the Everyman, the Liverpool Irish Festival‘s official social centre

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Promotional photograph of the four members of We Banjo 3

We Banjo 3

World class musicians playing in the new Music Room of this world class venue

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Liverpool Lambs

Linked to the 1916 Commemorations, Liverpool Lambs is a must see for anyone with Liverpool Irish heritage or an interest in Ireland’s history

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The Divine Comedy – SOLD OUT

Headline act The Divine Comedy grace the city with their presence at the incredible Great Hall of ,em>St George’s Hall; a suitably sumptuous space for such grandiose work

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Liverpool and the Easter Rising: exhibition launch

Launch for the exhibition: Liverpool and the Easter Rising, showing on the third floor of Liverpool Central Library from 14 Oct-18 Nov 2016

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Liverpool and the Easter Rising: exhibition

An impressive artefact collection telling an important story for the development of Ireland

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Movema leading a street ceili

Thursday ceílí class

Movema are a multi-award winning company specialising in dances from around the world and long-time collaborators with the festival

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Joyce centenary panel image, from the cover of James Joyce's 'Portriat of a young man' (detail only). Image courtesy of the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool

Festival launch: A centenary celebration of James Joyce’s ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’

Ensure you book your place at the official Liverpool Irish Festival launch, held in partnership with the Institute of Irish Studies at University of Liverpool

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16 Box Set - 'Pillar' (c) The Project Twins

16 Box Set

Grab your daily bread whilst taking in an impressive exhibit about the founding of a Republic

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Everyman and Playouhse logo (e&p in a circle)

Social hub and materials library

Get convivial with Liverpool Irish Festival at the Everyman Theare Street Cafe and Theatre Bar

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The Caledonia - lose up of Mike Kenney from the Saltcutters

Music evening hosted by Mikey Kenney

Live music at the Caledonia

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The Caledonia - internal shot of audience with a band

Caledonia Irish Session

Drop in to enjoy some music and a drink at the Caledonia; a festival favourite

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Movema leading a street ceili

Thursday ceílí class

Movema are a multi-award winning company specialising in dances from around the world and long-time collaborators with the festival

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Catherine Keenan - 'Urchin, Black' - black glass sculpture

Catherine Keenan – Solo show

‘Happy glass’ you instantly want to take home! Scuplture and glass ware that suits domestic settings as well as exhibiton spaces

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'Parts' by Dennis McNulty, part of 'Homo Gestalt' at Bluecoat, Biennial 2016 (c) Robert Battersby Photography (detail of original image only)

Homo Gestalt by Denis McNulty

A cerebral look at modern performance elements, practice and audience participation

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