Following on from the success of the inaugural To Be Irish at Christmas initiative last year, the programme returns again this December (8th – 23rd), celebrating what it means to be Irish and creating meaningful connections with our Irish diaspora around the world.
Devised by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the platform is an opportunity to showcase events globally that celebrate Irish culture around Christmas featuring seasonal traditions, community initiatives, crafts, and more.
With invaluable input from Local Authorities, venues, organisations, shops and the Irish Diplomatic network, last year To Be Irish At Christmas involved over 200 events, as well as hundreds of personal stories shared by our diaspora community.
This year we are looking for more:
The ‘To Be Irish At Christmas’ programme aims to reflect the diversity of contemporary Irish culture and is for everyone to enjoy; those born in Ireland, with ancestry in Ireland or those with a grá for Ireland. Targeting the 70M diaspora around the world, last year’s initiative generated engagement of people from over 50 countries across the world, from Australia to The Netherlands, from Colombia to Singapore.
The reopening of international travel brings renewed hope for those who have endured long and painful separations from families and friends, but there are still many who will not be able to travel. ‘To Be Irish’ wants to bring the very best of Ireland to them through this virtual portal.