News & Events

Throughout the month of October ( BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2019) we would like to highlight and celebrate biracial/multiracial people of Irish descent who make an amazing contribution to life in the UK.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else please tell us why they should be celebrated.

Please include their contact details so that we can get in touch with them – email nominations to info@iamirish.org  by 28th Sept 2019 putting BHM in the subject line.

Black History Month

We are delighted to partner with Galway Anti Racism Network and Galway Arts Center to bring #IamIrish to the West of Ireland. The Exhibition will run from 3rd -14th Dec 2018 .

We will host a panel discussion at 7.30 on Thur 13th Dec at:
Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street Lower, H91 X0AP,  Galway, Ireland
To book your FREE Ticket please click here : Panel Discussion

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To celebrate the Launch of #IamIrish in New York

We have added a new short video to the exhibition  And I’ve got the DNA to prove it!

“I didnt just want to give my take on my ancestry so I asked some friends to comment on theirs ”

Check out links to some of our upcoming events below:

#IamIrish – Exhibition Opening – New York

November 8th 2018

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Inspired by a persisting lack of representation of the mixed race Irish experience, Lorraine Maher launched the project to celebrate a more diverse representation of Irish identity and to question the concept of ‘Irishness’ and what that means for Irish communities today.
Lorraine collaborated with photographer Tracey Anderson to make an intimate study of the faces, lives and experiences of 22 mixed race Irish people. “For mixed race Irish people, in reality our ancestry, our roots, our blood are Irish and we are proud of it.”
We are thrilled to collaborate with Cuala NYC and The New York Irish Center in launching this amazing exhibition in the United States.
Curated by Lorraine Maher. Produced by Susan McKeown and Cuala Foundation Inc.
New York photographs by Jillian Freyer.

Tickets

This is a free event, however donations are welcome,
there is no donation too big or too small.
To reserve please call 718-382-090

Book Tickets to launch event on the 8th Nov by clicking here

London Irish Lectures #5 Lorraine Maher 9th Oct 2018 

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After a hugely successful launch season of our ‘London Irish Lecture series’ we’re back this Autumn with our 5th special guest – Lorraine Maher creator of #IamIrish

More ‘talks’ than lectures, each event will offer the opportunity for engagement and interaction, and an evening of lively conversation and learning.

Inspired by a persistent lack of representation of the Black Irish experience, Lorraine launched the project #IamIrish to celebrate mixed race Irish people and to question the concept of ‘Irishness’ and what an authentic Irish identity means for Irish communities today.

Since launching the Project at the London Irish Centre during Black History month 2016 the the movement has grown from strength to strength sparking many important conversations about what “Irish” sounds and looks like.

For tickets click here :

https://www.londonirishcentre.org/Event/londonirishlectures-lorrainemaher

Racial Hate Speech in Social Media – Hatetrack Launch – April 19th 2018 

On Thursday the 19th of April we will be partaking in a panel discussion at the launch of the new HateTrack App at the DCU All Hallows Campus. The theme of the discussion will be on ‘Experiencing and dealing with online racism and hate speech: responses from policy makers and civil society’ and feature;

  • Walter Jayawardene (Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission)
  • Aga Wiesyk (European Network Against Racism Ireland)
  • Patrick O’Really (Pavee Point)
  • Eoin Heffernan (#IamIrish)
  • Aiste Slajute (Eurobug/No Hate Speech Movement)
  • Caroline Reid (Irish Refugee Council)

To register & support the event. Click the link in the title.

ENAR Ireland Strategic Launch – March 21st 2018 – Panel Discussion

On 21st of March to mark the International Day Against Racism ENAR Ireland launched their Strategic Plan for 2018-2021. It was a very successful event and a great way to mark International Day Against Racism. Speakers on the day included Anastasia Crickley, President of UN CERD, Amel Yacef, Chair of European Network Against Racism and our Members Bernard Joyce, Director of Irish Traveller Movement, Ryma Halfaoui of Amal Women’s Association and Eoin Heffernan of #IamIrish.

We were delighted to be invited to speak at such a prestigious event & join in the celebrations with the other members of ENAR Ireland.

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#IAMIRISH, Photo Exhibition – City Hall, London – March 14th – April 13th

Inspired by a persistent lack of representation of the Black Irish experience, Lorraine Maher launched the project #IamIrish to celebrate mixed race Irish people and to question the concept of ‘Irishness’ and what an authentic Irish identity means for Irish communities today.

Lorraine has collaborated with photographer Tracey Anderson to make an intimate study of the faces, lives and experiences of 24 mixed race Irish people.

Available to view from 14 March to 13 April at City Hall, SE1 2AA

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Ireland In Full Color, Panel Discussion – National Museum of Ireland – March 19th

St. Patrick’s Festival Ireland presents Ireland in Full Colour.

The #IAmIrish project, initiated by Lorraine Maher in conjunction with the London Irish Centre, addresses the diversity of Irish identity and how we can challenge perceptions of what it looks like to be Irish.

Jim Carroll of Banter and more recently RTÉ will host a panel of speakers who will share their stories and experiences of what is or was like growing up in Ireland, the diversity of Irish identity today and what the future might look like for people of mixed Irish heritage. The aim of the event is to challenge perspectives through storytelling, discussion, and performance.

Panellists will include Lorraine Maher of #IAMIRISH, spoken word poet Felicia Olusanya, historian, academic and Director of Boston Academy in Dublin Prof. Mike Cronin, and direct provision activist and chef Ellie Kisyombe.

Tickets available here.

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