Irish Festival celebrates 10 years

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Dervish will be one of the acts at this year’s Liverpool irish Festival

With a decade of marking the city’s rich Irish heritage, there are at least 10 good reasons to celebrate the Liverpool Irish Festival next month.

The manager of the Liverpool Irish Festival, Jake Roney, has spoken to JMU Journalism about his excitement ahead of the tenth anniversary occasion. He said: “Every year the festival seems to get bigger and bigger and this year is no different.”

Running from the 11-21st October, the festival celebrates the cultural and artistic links between Liverpool and Ireland, and Roney is hoping to pull in the crowds. He said: “We have more varied acts from art exhibitions to theatrical performances, plus there are lots of traditional Irish music bands who will be playing and are of the highest quality.”

He also revealed that this year’s event will host more open air performances at the city’s Albert Dock, as well as various walking tours, which will explore the city’s Irish ancestral history.

“Liverpool is historically connected with Ireland and this festival celebrates over 150 years of heritage, migration and of course the Liverpool-Irish community itself,” said Mr Roney.

Liverpool John Moores University will also be involved in the festival with drama students taking part in an event called ‘Searching for the Stories’ on 13th October, which tells the stories of Ireland’s famous myths and legends.

Roney says he is most excited about the adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick at the Unity Theatre from 16-17th October. Conor Lovett’s one-man show has earned rave reviews, and other highlights include ‘A Liverpool Irish Celebration’ exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool on 13th October.

Mr Roney added: “I’m delighted with the past ten years and I hope the people of Liverpool continue to support us.”

For more information on the Liverpool Irish Festival, visit www.liverpoolirishfestival.com

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