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The Global Irish Festival Series is the ultimate opportunity for the Irish abroad to return home and re-connect with the people, places and culture of their home county. Now in its thrid year, in 2019 the Series will take place along the Wild Atlantic Way, in the counties of Limerick and Donegal, who have both developed an exciting range of events and activities designed to uncover shared histories and forge new connections.

 Glen Hansard & Joseph O'Connor

In Limerick, the Global Irish Festival Series features two great festivals, namely I.NY (12-20 October) and Richard Harris International Film Festival (22-28 October).


Location: Limerick City

Dates: 12th to the 20th of October

I.NY explores the ever-continuing exchange between Ireland and the US, in particular New York. The festival is all about stories, perspectives, ideas, and inspiration. IN 2019 it will host The Annie Moore Talks - a series of conversations and debates about Irish identity in New York, the impact of traditional Irish music in new York, Irish writers in The New Yorker magazine, and much more.

Richard Harris International Film Festival

Location: Limerick City

Dates: 22nd to the 28th of October

Richard Harris International Film Festival was born to celebrate the unique talent of Richard Harris, in the city where he was born and raised. The festival will showcase high-quality content including feature and short films chosen from international entries (with priority given to entries from the Irish Diaspora), a Richard Harris retrospective screening and the winner of SFF Oddalenia Dublin (Polish Film Festival). This year it will incorporate a new music strand and iMet, a vibrant summit dedicated to VR/AM/MR technologies, interactive storytelling and creative collaboration. The two festivals are supported by Limerick City and County Council through the Global Irish Festival Series fund.

Donegal Connect

Location: Donegal Town

Dates: 27th September to 6th October

Donegal Connect is designed to offer plenty of opportunities for the Irish Diaspora to connect with Donegal people, natural and heritage beauties . Donegal Connect offers a very rich itinerary including food experiences, genealogy classes, sport, business, arts and culture. Discover your connection with what the National Geographic has named as the ‘coolest place on the planet’. Dine at the foot of Mount Errigal, cheer your GAA team, enjoy the extraordinary creative talent of Donegal at concerts, plays and exhibitions. Not surprisingly, Donegal Connect boasts a number of high-profile ambassadors like golfer Paul McGinley, goalkeeper Packie Bonner, and actor Sarah Jessica Parker – to name but a few. The initiative is driven by Donegal County Council.

Key dates for your diary

Donegal Connect: Friday 27th September - Sunday 6th October 2019 FIND OUT MORE

Global Limerick - I.NY: Saturday 12th - Sunday 20th October 2019 FIND OUT MORE

Global Limerick - Richard Harris International Film Festival incl. iMET: Tuesday 22nd - Monday 28th October 2019 FIND OUT MORE

Global Irish Festival Series

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