Deeley Construction helps to build Irish legacy

Coventry Irish Society has received a £60,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an Oral History Project documenting the contribution of the Irish community to the city of Coventry.

The project, which will run for 18 months, focuses on Irish migrants that arrived in the city after the Second World War, during the 1950s and 1960s. One of the highlights will be a high-profile exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in March 2018 and will include filmed interviews, photographs and written materials.

Thanks to National Lottery players, this important project will allow present and future generations to learn about the Irish community’s contribution to Coventry and to celebrate that as part of the city’s diverse communities.

Project materials will be distributed to schools and universities for educational purposes and there will be archived materials at the Herbert Art Gallery, creating a lasting legacy for this lesser known aspect of Coventry’s heritage.

A website will enable the whole community to explore the memories and legacy of the Irish community. It is also a prominent piece of work in the context of the city bidding to become UK City of Culture in 2021.

The Society is also delighted to have received partnership funding for the project from Cork City Council, Deeley Construction and the Arts Council.

Coventry Irish Society manager Simon McCarthy said: “We are delighted to have received this National Lottery funding. The Irish community is proud of its heritage and legacy within the city and we see this project as a celebration of the magnificent contribution the Irish have made to the cultural, social and political life of Coventry.”