Finding a Fifth Province:  the Journey so far


 -   Opened the first Irish Writers Festival held in London, March '11

 -   Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Sep '11–May '12

Milton Keynes Irish Centre, Irish World Heritage Centre Manchester, Rose & Crown South Ealing (for National Poetry Day), Dylan Thomas Theatre Swansea, Liverpool Irish Festival, St Joseph's Hall Colliers Wood, Salvatorian Theatre Harrow Weald, Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith, London Irish Centre, Seven Arts Leeds, Irish Centre Birmingham, Portsmouth Irish Club, Luton Irish Forum, South London Irish Association, and Safe Start Ruislip

 -  Media showcase in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland at London Irish Centre, Feb '12                                                                                                                                       The Embassy of Ireland acknowledges the show’s value in reaching out to successive generations of Irish people who have uprooted to the UK, reconnecting them with their cultural roots and re-affirming their identity during challenging times

 -  With the generous sponsorship of J Murphy & Sons Ltd, a tour focusing on marginalised and vulnerable audiences Jan '13-Feb '14

Clochar Court (Innisfree Housing Association), Haringey Irish Centre seniors groups, Irish Community Services Woolwich, Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith, Ilkley Playhouse West Yorks (in Irish History Month), Colliers Wood Community Arts Festival, Irish Pensioners Forum of East London, The Hibernian Society Reading (for National Poetry Day), Tyneside Irish Festival, The Leeds Gathering, and at London Irish Centre Camden in the presence of Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall

  -  Opportunity for a new avenue and audience: Wimbledon BookFest 2014

  -  Exceptional  feedback  from press and public

  -  Warm thanks to all who have generously supported our work, including     J Murphy & Sons Ltd, The Ireland Fund of Great Britain, The Clancy Group, Safe Start Foundation, Nick Payton, Marie Kilty, Roland Jaquarello, Pavol Kajan, the late Ethna Kennedy, Andy Lewis, Seamus McGarry, Alun Morgan, Cormac Smith, Tim Stubbs Hughes, Anthony Witcombe


We believe Journey to the Fifth Province contributes to a re-shaping of what Irish culture is held to be in the UK.  It calls into play a new expression of identity that is dynamic, evolutionary and personally enriching for Irish and non-Irish people alike.

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