Culture, encompassing music, sport, dance, literature and language, plays a central role in expressing and preserving Irish identity. It creates bridges between generations, fostering connections and driving innovation.
Across the Irish diaspora, community organisations strive to promote and celebrate Irish cultural heritage.
We have heard stories of Irish migrants reconnecting with the Irish language during lockdown, or brushing up on language skills by speaking it with their children.
Many Irish centres across Britain offer Irish dancing classes, which became particularly popular following Riverdance’s 1994 Eurovision performance. The Irish community newspapers The Irish Post and The Irish World cover GAA (Irish sports) and the organisation Comhaltas has 23 branches around Britain promoting music, song, dance and language. Many organisations promote Irish literature and drama.
The richness of Irish culture offers the wider community an invitation to see us, hear us and understand us.