Words: Dylan Murphy
The new programme launched by the Department of Foreign Affairs programme a host of cultural events that help us stay connected during Christmas whilst many people can’t return home to Ireland.
To Be Irish at Christmas is a specialled designed online platform designed to keep us connected, no matter where we are this Christmas.
Taking place from 21- 31 December it’ll allow you to share and swap your own special memories of Irish Christmases and celebrate many of the things we love about being Irish through an online programme of Irish music, culture, performances, community engagement and collective spirit from home and abroad.
A number of special events are programmed exclusively and streamed from Tobeirish.ie. We are delighted to reveal that we were able to team up with some of the most exciting acts from Ireland for bespoke editorial and video content. It will focus on the different perspectives of what it means to be Irish at Christmas. Homecoming will premiere on 21 December and feature narration from Gemma Dunleavy and a score from James Vincent McMorrow.
Other parts of the online programme include:
You can share what being Irish at Christmas means to you and submit your words, playlists, music and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking today Minister Colm Brophy said:
“I am delighted to announce this exciting programme of events which will be available to everyone, both at home and abroad, during the festive period. From traditional music to pantos, cooking festive treats, to seeing the Irish landscape through a new perspective, there will be something for everyone in this programme.“
“There will be new material made especially for this project and we will also have access to archival material so you can revisit your own memories of Christmas past. We have a number of new initiatives such as ‘Dear Santa’ and ‘Things Remembered’ which we hope will create some new memories of an Irish Christmas. During a Christmas like no other, we hope that To Be Irish at Christmas can showcase Ireland at its best to the world.”
The programme goes online at tobeirish.ie from 21- 31 December.