The Irish community not only forms a major part of Manchester’s regional identity but has also contributed significantly to the city’s globalized networks of cultural, political and economic exchange. Collaborating with local community groups and drawing on rich archival and media sources from across the city, this event seeks to engender a new dialogue on all aspects of Manchester’s Irish heritage, community and history.
The event will commence with a panel presentation by a variety of esteemed speakers. An open discussion and workshop session will then follow. Throughout the event, we will explore the social and cultural identity of the North West Irish community, as well as its interactions and intersections with other minorities, both local and global. In so doing, “Manchester, Ireland and the World” will address recent debates on modern Irish identity and encourage Manchester residents to reflect creatively upon their own local, national and transnational identities.