A Fresh Look - How the Irish Diaspora will get back in touch with Irish Customs this Christmas

To Be Irish At Christmas

Ireland’s global diaspora is being united all over the world this Christmas with a new initiative launched by the Irish government. Irish people are also being encouraged to ‘give the gift of home’ so that everyone can have a small piece of home even from far away - whether it’s a piece of jewelry or a reminder of Ireland.

The "To Be Irish at Christmas" initiative will celebrate all the best parts of being Irish around the world during the holiday season with ten days of stories, music, memories and fun - all starring the Irish diaspora.  

Launched by Ireland’s Minister for State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy, the idea is that this will be a platform for people all over the world with Irish connections and roots to share and swap memories of Irish Christmases. There will be an online series of Irish performances, culture, music and collective spirit - from at home and abroad.

Minister Brophy said: "Christmas is all about getting together - it's all about connecting, it's all about meeting up with your friends, your family, and coming together to celebrate Christmas."

"This year, though, it's slightly different. 2020 has been a year like no other and we really want to give people an opportunity to connect, to come together, in a safe and virtual way. “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 exciting programme of events will run from December 21st to 31st. Everyone is invited to take part and tobeirish.ie has more information on how to get involved.

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. From special objects, to songs, recipes, or films, they want to know what reminds our global family of home at this special time of year.
Posted on December 11, 2020

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