Archive 2014

Nottingham Irish Studies Group continues to be in demand to work with other organisations and groups, and we’re always happy to be invited to present talks, storytelling, or one-off Irish language sessions elsewhere.

Our first event of the new year went well, with a healthy audience of about 30. It was the beginning of a new series of talks at Five Leaves Bookshop. More details below.

  • * Wed 15 Jan: Crossroads (1). ‘”We have lived in important places”: Anahorish and Inniskeen’: Deirdre O’Byrne spoke on Seamus Heaney’s rural background and the influence of Patrick Kavanagh.
    liz-pat-anne.jpgdeirdre-ross-margaret.jpgkathy-adrian-gough-mary-corcoran-shelagh-roberts.jpgSome photos by Douglas McDonald.


  • * Wed 12 Feb, Crossroads (2): Alan Bairner of Loughborough University gave an entertaining and informative talk on his time as visiting tutor to Long Kesh prison in the North of Ireland.
    graham-alan-deirdre.jpgmargaret-veronica-pauline.jpgmarie-rosie-mary.jpg photos by Douglas McDonald.
  • * Wed 26 Feb, Crossroads (3): Pat Murphy gave a very lucid account of the Home Rule Crisis which preceded WW1. 

A very busy month for Nottingham Irish Studies Group
Children in the parade

  • * Wed 5 March (afternoon): storytelling for children of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour school, Bulwell, in preparation for St Patrick’s Day Parade. The children enjoyed this year’s theme story: Oisín in Tír na n-Óg.
  • *  Wed 5 March (evening): Birmingham Irish Centre, 7.30 – 8.30pm. Deirdre gave a talk on Martin McDonagh’s Irish plays, for Birmingham Irish Heritage Group.
  • * Sat 8 March: Storytelling at Derby Irish Centre as part of their Irish Culture night.
  • * Mon 10 March: ‘Cúpla Focal’ Irish language taster at The Bell Inn
  • * Wed 12 March: Storytelling @ St Mary’s School, Hyson Green
  • * Wed 12 March 7.30pm, Crossroads (4): A Talk by Marc Scully on the celebrating of St Patrick’s Day in Britain
  • * Sat 15 March: A Talk on Irish Independence in literature @ States of Independence in Leicester (afternoon)
  • * Sat 15 March: Storytelling at Good Shepherd Parish Centre for their céilí in the evening
  • * Mon 17 March: Storytelling,  and an Irish language taster at Nottingham Central Library, followed by a talk by Sheelagh Gallagher on the writings of Elizabeth Bowen
  • * Tues 18 March: Storytelling at Philip Neri School, Mansfield
  • * Wed 19 March, Crossroads (5): A Talk by Cliff Housley on the Sherwood Foresters’ role in the 1916 Rising, Five Leaves Bookshop.
  • * Sat 29 March: Over to the lovely Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely, Co Wicklow, to participate in a panel on the poet Patrick Kavanagh: ‘Kavanagh … in Conversation’. Awestruck to be on the same panel as the wonderful Tom Hickey, who gave a spellbinding reading from ‘The Great Hunger’.

* Pat Murphy and Deirdre O’Byrne have had very brief pieces recorded as part of a Trent-to-Trenches film project, looking at WW1 from the perspective of non-British cultures. Enjoyed the launch of the film on 25 July.

* Did some Irish storytelling as part of the launch of Bulwell Arts Festival, Sat 5 July.
* 8 July, visited Mansfield & Dukeries Irish Association Lunch Club, on the occasion of the visit of Jane Connolly, First Secretary, Irish Community and Culture, of the Irish Embassy. It was an enjoyable event, and Douglas of the Irish World was there to take photos.

We were storytelling at Crawley Irish Festival again on Sun 21 September.
On Wed 24 September, Maria Power gave a really interesting talk on Peace and Reconciliation in the North of Ireland, at Five Leaves Bookshop.


Mon 20 October 2pm: ‘It’s A Long Way to Tipperary’: Ireland and WW1. We led this discussion at Nottingham Central Library.

This Autumn-Winter season, NISG is thinking about Irish art, and one artist in particular: Bob Robinson from Tyrone. Loving supporting his exhibition at Surface Gallery, loving re-considering his work and writing about it. More details on Home Page, and on the artist’s website.

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