Irish Heart, Coventry Home

 

This project celebrates the contribution of Irish people who came to Coventry.

We have interviewed 50 people from Ireland who arrived between the years 1940-1970. These interviews are currently being turned into a 30 minute DVD.

We have also collected photographs and objects. These will be used at an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in March 2018.

Duration of project: 12 months

The most successful element of the project has been the breadth of our 50 interviewees. We have spoken to a wide variety of people including poets, builders, teachers, musicians. Furthermore, we are pleased to have involved so many female interviewees. Women are sometimes left out of narratives of Irish migration, even though they came to England in significant numbers.

One element we have found a bit of a struggle is capturing the media’s attention. Hopefully, we will attain more interest when the exhibition goes live in March 2018.

Publications: Not yet, although we are thinking of turning this into a book.

Other outputs: We will be producing a DVD and exhibition in March 2018

Contact details:
Coventry Point, Market Way, Coventry, CV1 1EA
Telephone: 07933 308109
Email: ciaran.davis@covirishsoc.org.uk

 

Volunteers learning how to use the equipment.

 

The launch of the project in March 2017. From left, Simon McCarthy (Manager of Coventry Irish Society), Dr. Cathy Hunt (Steering Committee) and Ciaran Davis (Project Officer).

 

Seán Cannon. Lead singer of the Dubliners. Interviewed for the project.