We are delighted to announce the success of our application to Loughborough University’s Inside Out Fund, dedicated to supporting community outreach by staff members: Nottingham Irish Studies Group has been awarded £500 to run a short series of talks by invited speakers. Watch this space: details of speakers will be posted in due course. Go raibh míle maith agaibh / many thanks, Loughborough University.
Scott de Buitléir, who has qualifications in Irish language, is willing to run Irish classes in Nottingham if there’s enough interest. This is a wonderful offer, as we’ve had many enquiries over the years, with no múinteoir (teacher) to run sessions. If you are interested, watch this space, as we hope to run an introductory taster session in the autumn.
We’re on the road during the coming months:
- On Sunday 28 August, we’ll be back at The Hawth for Crawley Irish Festival, telling traditional Irish tales. Free family event – all welcome.
- On Wed 5 October, Deirdre will give a talk on Irish Halloween customs, using some Irish fiction (eg Joyce’s short story ‘Clay’ from Dubliners) as a basis for the discussion. Hosted by Birmingham Irish Heritage Group, Birmingham Irish Centre, 7pm.
- Friday 21 Oct, 10.15 – 10.45am, we’ll deliver Irish Storytelling in Charnwood Museum, Loughborough, as part of Loogabarooga Festival. Free.
- Sat 29 Oct: More Irish Storytelling, this time at Blessed Sacrament, Leicester, 7 – 9pm.
- Easter 2017, Deirdre will return to her home county Carlow to take part in Pan-Celtic Festival fringe events. Details tbc, but it will definitely be literature-related. The festival will take place 18-23 April 2017.
NISG are proud to have received many invitations from groups and organisations to participate in events in both Ireland and Britain over the past few years. As you’ll see if you click on the ‘Diary’ buttons above, we’ve worked in Britain with Beeston Library, Beeston Poets, Birmingham Irish Heritage Group, Bromley House Library, Crawley Irish Festival, Curve Theatre (Leicester), Five Leaves Bookshop, Loughborough University, Mansfield and Dukeries Irish Association, Nottingham St Patrick’s Festival and Parade, St Anthony’s School (Solihull) and Stanza Poetry Group.
In Ireland we’ve worked with Courthouse Arts Centre (Tinahely, Co Wicklow), Tullow & Carlow Libraries, History Festival of Ireland, and The International Pan-Celtic Festival.
If you have ideas/suggestions/requests for events, get in touch via our CONTACT button at the top of the page, or message us on facebook.
Click on the link ‘Irishnottingham‘ to read Patrick Murphy’s article:
‘Irish Settlement in Nottingham in the early Nineteenth Century’
Published in Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, vol xcviii, 1994
(PDF requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Tá ainm Gaeilge againn: Grúpa Nottingham don Léann Éireannach.
NISG has its own page on Facebook:
facebook.com/Nottingham Irish Studies Group.
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We set up and administer Facebook group East Midlands Irish Forum, which has members around Britain and Ireland. Join us there to find or post Irish-related news and activities.
For those interested in the Irish language, we regret to say that our Rang Gaeilge (Irish language class) has now ceased due to low /irregular attendance. If you would like a list of useful internet sites, or some free Irish language worksheets, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.