Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall visit to Galleries of Justice

We are honoured to be taking part in an event at Nottingham Galleries of Justice to celebrate the visit of Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall, on Friday 11 November. The Ambassador will give a talk on Roger Casement and 1916.
Nottingham Irish Studies Group’s contribution is a brief talk on the role of Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Foresters, who were sent over to quell the Easter Rising. In these days of political turmoil, it’s good to rethink our shared history, and consider what unites rather than divides us. Let us build bridges, not walls.
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine: we live in each other’s shadows, as the old Irish saying goes. Let those shadows be protective ones. 

Successful funding bid

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. Events will take place within the Charnwood region, as stipulated by the award. Watch this space: details of speakers will be posted in due course. Go raibh míle maith agaibh / many thanks, Loughborough University.

Forthcoming events

We’re on the road:

  • On Wed 5 October, Deirdre O’Byrne gave 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. The story of ‘Jack o’ Lantern and the Devil’ went down well.
  • Friday 21 Oct, 10.15 – 10.45am, we did Irish Storytelling in Charnwood Museum, Loughborough, as part of Loogabarooga Festival.
  •  Wed 22 March 2017 , at 3pm, Pat Murphy (Liverpool University) will talk on  ‘The Easter Rising and the Death of  Home Rule: Ireland 1916-18’. This is part of a series of talks hosted by the Nottingham branch of The Historical Association at Bromley House Library. Members of HA and the library are welcome. Non-members who wish to attend need to email nine days before the event.
  • 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.


Other News / Nuacht Eile

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 LibraryCrawley 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.

Facebook ~ leathanach / page & grúpa / group

Tá ainm Gaeilge againn: Grúpa Nottingham don Léann Éireannach.
NISG has its own page on Facebook: Irish Studies Group.
Please click on the link and ‘Like’.

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