Stories and interviews from the Irish Diaspora
Dr. Jason King, Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow at Moore Institute at Galway University Famine Voices Roadshow 2021
Dr. Jason King, Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow at Moore Institute at Galway University: The Great Famine Voices Roadshow is inspired by the search for the 1,490 former tenants who were forced to emigrate to North America from the estate of Major Denis Mahon at Strokestown Park, now the site of the National Famine Museum, at the height of the Great Famine in 1847. The descendants of these emigrants are now being traced by Professor Mark McGowan and his research teams at the University of Toronto. The story of the 1,490 can be found at this link. According to Caroilin Callery, a Director of the National Famine Museum in Strokestown Park, Roscommon: “This Roadshow has provided a unique opportunity for Irish-Americans and Irish-Canadians to share their stories, strengthen their sense of ancestry, and historical and current Irish connections. Over the past few years, we have been in search of stories from ‘the next Parish’ in North America, where so many of those who survived the Great Hunger – the biggest catastrophe of 19th century Europe – made new lives. We need to hear these stories,” she continued.
Aunua at Collision 2021
Karina Murray Founder & CEO of Aunua Academy We are bringing free education to the world about mental health topics, issues and support tools to improve the quality of life for everyone in the world that is impacted by their mental health. By making the educational resources we provide for free we are lowering barriers to young people getting information about mental health and improving the mental health educational resources available to them.
Collision 2021 - Student Atendee
Matthew McGree is a final year high school student in Portlaoise, Ireland and had the opportunity to attend some Collision events. Matthew talks about the experience and also how his final year at high school is working out during COVID.
Co-founder and COO of Kwayga Mike McGrath at Collision 2021
In the wake of the pandemic, businesses in the food and drinks supply industry are seeking new solutions to help buyers safely diversify their suppliers; and help suppliers to diversify their markets. Kwayga targets mid-sized businesses in the food supply chain to verify, match and connect international buyers and suppliers. It will also help them communicate in any language through automated translation or video interpreters, breaking down traditional communication barriers; and ultimately enable them to trade successfully. Kwayga was founded by Martin Fitzgerald and Mike McGrath, and developed by online trust and identity expert Chris Kennedy. Co-founder and COO of Kwayga Mike McGrath, who has 15 years experience in many sourcing and procurement roles, said: "58% of EU SMEs don’t know where to find information on foreign markets, with 55% unaware of foreign trade opportunities. We are democratising trade by putting the right buyer with the right supplier at the right time, with the right tools to simplify trade."
Oscar Blue at Folk Alliance International
Oscar Blue is a 21 year old songsmith from the west of Ireland. Since his debut releases in late 2018, Oscar has experienced breakout success, with his music now streamed over 3 million times worldwide on Spotify. This feat was complemented by headline shows from Dublin to New York and an appearance on the main stage at Ireland's acclaimed Indiependence festival in 2019. Since then, the 21-year-old has been in musical hibernation working with renowned producer Philip Magee (Kodaline, The Script). This new partnership has been a catalyst for Blue, as he strives to reach heightened levels of creativity and a fuller, richer sound. To date, Oscar’s work has largely reflected his deep love for the folk music and acoustic songwriting which is so often associated with his home in the west of Ireland. However, his latest single 'Sober from You' announces a much more evolved Oscar Blue sound, which resonates with soaring guitars and vulnerable, yet confident vocals, all the while maintaining the storytelling element of his songwriting that has gained him so much popularity. A statement of intent for what’s to come from Oscar Blue, Sober from You is the leading single from the one time busker's debut EP 'Love Even Harder' which is due for release in early 2021. Many parts of the world are much further "ahead of the Oscar Blue curve than we are back home in Ireland” according to Hot Press who tipped Blue as 'Hot for 2020'. No doubt, the seeds of an international fanbase are already beginning to flourish.
Mags Connell of Mayo.IE on Mayo Day 2021
Mayo Day, the day that celebrates all things Mayo, returns on Saturday, May 1st 2021. Stay tuned for upcoming details on all the great events happening throughout the #MayoDay weekend Mayo Day Takes To The National Stage For 2021 The hugely successful Mayo Day celebrates its seventh year on Saturday, 1st May 2021 with an outstanding programme of events to be viewed from around the globe. It’s a virtual festival again this year, but if anything, that has expanded the reach of this extraordinary celebration of all things Mayo. The emphasis is on People and Place and taking this opportunity to showcase Mayo to a worldwide audience. Details are being kept under wraps but some of the biggest names in the Mayo diaspora are expected to make guest appearances this year. Highlights for #MayoDay include a one-hour flagship TV programme broadcast on Mayo Day evening on TG4 and the TG4 Player, and an online collaboration with The Irish Times focusing on business and enterprise on the evening of Thursday, April 29th. It’s a unique occasion as Mayo remains the only county with its own name day, celebrating achievements, heritage and culture, diaspora and community spirit. The TG4 extravaganza will feature the best of Mayo music and culture, conversation and craic, and showcase the incomparable beauty of our Atlantic county. Guest appearances are expected from the Mayo diaspora in every corner of the planet and even beyond, with astronaut Norah Patten due to drop by. The standard of musical performances will be exceptional with Matt Molloy of The Chieftains, Laoise Kelly, Billow Wood, Lisa Canny and more.
Austin is - well let me put it this way - he must have French-kissed the Blarney Stone! I could listen to him all day!! He possesses the real gift of the gab.