To Be Irish at Christmas initiative launched to connect with Irish diaspora

by Rachel Darcy

The Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy T.D, has announced a new initiative targeted at furthering connections with Ireland’s global diaspora this December.

To Be Irish at Christmas will be a platform to share and swap your own special memories of Irish Christmases, and will celebrate 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.

Minister Colm Brophy said: “Christmas 2020 will be different in many ways but no matter where we are in the world, it will be a time when we think of those we love the most.

“I am looking forward to the To Be Irish at Christmas initiative which will help the Irish all over the world connect with each other. I hope that many people will take part by submitting their songs, stories, memories or hopes for the year ahead.”

The initiative is also looking for short (30-60 seconds) video submissions from families, friends, and individuals around the world.

Taking inspiration from the History of Ireland in 100 Objects project, To Be Irish at Christmas would like to hear from Irish people across the globe about one thing that connects them to Ireland during the holiday season.

The exciting programme of events will run from the 21 until the 31 of December and will be revealed on Tuesday December 8. Those looking to take part are encouraged to visit tobeirish.ie for more information.

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