Pat Murphy and Deirdre O’Byrne participated in a project led by Vanessa Cardui, who is part of a team who has made a short film for Nottingham Castle Museum, featuring non-British responses to the 1914-18 period. The film-makers’ blog-spot is here. This project, 11-11-11, is part of the Trent-to-Trenches local commemoration of the Great War, and the film forms part of an exhibition at Nottingham Castle from 26 July – 16 Nov 2014.
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In Oct 2014, Nottingham will hold its second Festival of Words. Nottingham Irish Studies Group will participate, as we did first time round. Sheelagh Gallagher and Deirdre O’Byrne will lead a discussion called ‘Between Languages / Idir Teangacha’, looking at Irish literature (in English) which shows the influence and importance of the Irish language. We’ll discuss some poetry, some prose and a piece from Brian Friel’s play Translations. Other writers discussed will include Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, James Joyce, Seamus Deane and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. The venue is Cappuchaino, 4.30 -6pm. Adm £5 each. No previous knowledge of Irish language or literature required.
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Want to know some good Irish story books and picture books to share with your children? Deirdre will tell a few stories and show some books where you can find them, in a session for children (and their carers) on Sat 18 Oct, 10 - 10.30 am, at Five Leaves Bookshop . All welcome – you don’t have to be Irish to enjoy a good story. Free.
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‘It’s A Long Way to Tipperary’: Ireland and World War One.
On Monday 20th October, 2pm, Deirdre will run a literature discussion at Nottingham Central Library, Angel Row. We’ll read and discuss some extracts of literature from Ireland during the World War 1 period, including writings by Sebastian Barry, Frank McGuinness, and Tom Kettle. All welcome. £2.50 tickets from 0115 915 2825 / email@example.com
* Friday 24 October 6pm sees the opening of the first of a two-part exhibition by artist Bob Robinson, from Co Tyrone. The venue is the Surface Gallery. Nottingham Irish Studies Group has long been an admirer of Bob’s work, and we gave a small grant towards the setting up of his website: http://www.bobrobinsonart.com/.
It was good to have our work in Nottingham and elsewhere included in the Irish Times Generation Emigration blog on 9 April. That particular week, the focus of the blog was on the Irish in Britain, to mark the highly successful state visit of President Michael D. Higgins, 8-11 April 2014.
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Over Easter, we ran an event in Ireland: storytelling for children at Tullow Library, Co Carlow, Tues 22 April 10.30 - 11.30am. The session was aimed at 4 - 11 year olds, who enjoyed some old stories of the Fianna and Ireland fadó fadó.
In September, we told Irish stories at Crawley Irish Festival.
~On Monday 6 October, we’ll be storytelling at Carnival MAD16.
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We were very pleased to have been included in the Literary Weekend at Tinahely Courthouse on Sat 29 March. Deirdre gave a brief talk on the influence of Patrick Kavanagh on Seamus Heaney, as part of ‘Kavanagh . . . in Conversation’.
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We’ve been delighted by the many invitations from groups and organisations to present and/or participate in events in both Ireland and Britain over the past year. As you’ll see if you click on the ’Diary 2013′ and ‘Diary 2014′ buttons above left, we’ve worked in Britain with Beeston Library, Beeston Poets, Crawley Irish Festival, Curve Theatre (Leicester), Five Leaves Bookshop, Loughborough University, and Stanza Poetry Group. In Ireland we’ve worked with Courthouse Arts Centre (Tinahely, Co Wicklow), Tullow & Carlow Libraries, History Festival of Ireland, and Pan-Celtic Festival (all in Co Carlow).
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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.
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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 email@example.com.
REBELS AND DISSIDENTS Click on this LINK to read (or download - right click and ’save as’ a word document) about the series of Nottingham talks in Autumn 2009. This series was repeated for Mansfield Irish Association in 2010: Rebels and Dissidents Word Doc