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A big Irish knees-up

James Joyce, Mary Coughlan and whiskey galore as festival enters 10th year

Published on September 26th 2012.


A big Irish knees-up

THIS year marks the tenth anniversary of the Liverpool Irish Festival – and quite simply there's so much happening that there's no way the full list can be published here.

More than 30 events are packed into 10 hectic days including a whole day of James Joyce at the Blucecoat, the Irish Sea Sessions, an opening night concert featuring Dervish, Mary Coughlan at St George’s Hall, talks on Irish born Bram Stoker and the ever popular heritage tours around Scottie Road.

Taking place from 11 – 21 October, the festival celebrates the artistic and cultural links between Liverpool and Ireland. 

-James-JoyceA whole day of James Joyce"We hope that the Liverpool Irish Festival is an event that people look forward to every year. With over a third of Liverpool’s population claiming Irish ancestry the festival is keen to highlight the role of the Liverpool Irish in creating our great city” says festival manager Jake Roney. 

Art and photography are well represented with exhibitions such as Tadhg Devlin’s The Fifth Province, Conor Lovett returns to the Unity with his one man show, Moby Dick, there are films on at FACT throughout the festival including a programme of the best of Irish short films, curated by festival partners the Cork Film Festival. Add in an opening weekend of music, dance and drama with Searching for the Stories at the Albert Dock, the third year of The Irish Sea Sessions, concerts and a céilí at St Michael’s Irish Centre and Sefton Park Palm House and, of course, a chance to get bladdered on Bushmills with music sessions at Peter Kavanagh's pub.

“Ten years is nothing, of course, compared to over 150 years history of our Liverpool Irish community, heritage and migration” says John Chandler, chairman of the Liverpool Irish Festival.

*Liverpool Irish Festival 11 - 21 October 2012
Festival Hotline: 07804 286 145 See here for the entire programme 

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Prof. ChucklebuttySeptember 27th 2012.

I'm sorry, but I have to object to this piece.
Firstly, Irish knees are no bigger than any other knees.

Secondly, James Joyce is not actually appearing at the Bluecoat in person. it is one of the many James Joyce lookalike tribute acts we constantly see busking on Church Street.

As people will know, James was married to Yootha Joyce, who first found TV fame as Miss Argyle in "Me Mammy" with Mello Mello O'Shea and since that has just been saved from closure, this is a double celebration.



AnonymousSeptember 27th 2012.

"ceili's" what? Or do you need one of those sub-editors of whom you are so fond?

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EditorialSeptember 27th 2012.

"Ceili's heroes, obviously. Thanks for that. Yes, would love a subby. Know any? Bet you do ;)

Nora BarnacleSeptember 27th 2012.

Nonsense Chucklebutty you big bollocks! I wis always famous for me crabs and mussels!

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Prof. ChucklebuttyOctober 1st 2012.

Oh I didn't know you had mussels as well.

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