London Irish Stories Highlights What Makes Irish People in London Different - and What Unites Them Too.
The London Irish Centre is a charity based in Camden, London, which has served the Irish community since 1955. The Centre’s mission is to empower and enrich lives through Irish community and culture. The London Irish Centre’s vision is to be ‘the Irish Heart of London.’
The Centre (www.londonirishcentre.org) has announced the launch of London Irish Stories, a new community-led mixed-media project collecting and celebrating the diverse stories of Irish people in London. London Irish Stories is an online collection of first-person blog posts from people with connections to both Ireland and London, including both audio clips and imagery.
As part of this launch, the team behind London Irish Stories are asking for people with a connection to London and Ireland to submit to be part of the project and have their story told.
“The Irish in London are a diverse, rich, multigenerational group, with all kinds of ties and relationships across the city and over the Irish Sea. Through this new online initiative, we want to explore and celebrate these identities, and move beyond tired, reductive stereotypes,” commented Gary Dunne, Director of Culture at London Irish Centre. “Over time, London Irish Stories will document the rich, real-lived experiences of four generations of Irish people right across the city, and will present them in an engaging, accessible way.’
The opening stories from London Irish Stories are:
- Laura Fay, a nurse dealing with the pressures of a taxing profession while adapting to a new city during a pandemic, (www.londonirishstories.com/posts/laura-fay)
- Nicholas Fitzgerald, a chef from Dublin who quit his job to set up his own taqueria in London’s Borough Market, (www.londonirishstories.com/posts/nicholas-fitzgerald)
London Irish Stories will shine a spotlight on the individuals who make up the diverse ‘London Irish’ community – from the generation who arrived in the mid-20th-century, to those who have just arrived in recent months, from London-born second and third-generation Irish, who feel strongly connected to their Irish identity, to those with no connection through heritage but are avid Irish dancers or Gaelic footballers, London Irish Stories is for you.
“We’re looking for people from all backgrounds to share their stories and update the narrative of being ‘London Irish’,” added Matthew Dunne-Miles, Journalist and Digital Content Editor London Irish Stories.
London Irish Stories is live now. For more information visit www.londonirishstories.com
How to get involved with London Irish Stories:
- Read the stories at www.londonirishstories.com
- Like and follow our pages on Instagram and Facebook by searching ‘London Irish Stories’
- To take part, or know someone with an interesting London Irish Story of their own, you can get in touch on social media, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact via our submission form at www.londonirishstories.com/contact