Global Books Ireland
Caoimhe Fox reports on the festivals, events and societies celebrating Irish culture around the globe.
Last year, 2016, was a year of commemoration that dealt exclusively with Ireland’s troubled history. This new year brings an opportunity to examine the other elements that make up Irish cultural identity. As St Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off worldwide, rivers run green and everyone looks for a pint of the black stuff to celebrate their ‘Irishness’, whether it’s real, imagined or borrowed for the day. It raises the question of what being Irish actually means to the Irish diaspora and how this cultural affiliation is articulated within the global Irish community. From Adelaide, Australia, to Phoenix, Arizona, and closer to home in London and Manchester, there are festivals, events and societies celebrating their Irish culture. A large proportion of the festivities are centred around music and dance, but literature is, and always has been, an essential component in Ireland’s cultural heritage. In this special focus we present how Irish literature and writing is incorporated and celebrated outside Ireland. […]
March/April 2017 (issue no.372)