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PHOTOS I.NY Festival 2019 celebrating the relationship between Ireland and New York

INY Festival 2019 includes various dynamic and unique events will take place in Limerick October 16 – 20. Pictured at the launch are Niall O’Callaghan, Managing Director, Shannon Heritage, Brendan O’Malley, Chair, INY, Silvia Guglielmini, Fáilte ireland and David O’Donovan, Festival Director. Pictures: Kate Devaney/ilovelimerick.

PHOTOS I.NY Festival 2019 celebrating the relationship between Ireland and New York

The third instalment of the I.NY Festival 2019 has been announced, running in Limerick from October 16th to 20th at various venues throughout the city. An anchor event within Fáilte Ireland’s Global Irish Festival Series, The I.NY Project explores and celebrates the relationship between Ireland and New York, one story at a time.

The annual I.NY Festival, is one of the central elements of the I.NY Project, bringing the unique relationship between Ireland and New York to life in all its diversity and richness, history and modernity. Focusing on the personal stories of the Irish in and of New York. I.NY welcomes and tells those stories through conversation and debate, interviews and performances, cultural and political discourse, music, literature, film, fashion, food, sport and arts events. 


I.NY Festival 2019

Pictured at the launch of I.NY Festival 2019 which takes place in Limerick October 16 – 20 in Limerick. Kate Devaney/ilovelimerick.

This year’s festival programme will feature a line-up of dynamic, unique and sometimes challenging events with key contributions from a host of guests who personify the depth and breadth of the Ireland New York relationship. Headline guests include writer and actor Malachy McCourt, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill, and the return to the festival of Dr Jane O’Meara Sanders, political activist and senior adviser to US Senator Bernie Sanders. Also appearing will be Limerick-born Booker Prize-nominated author Kevin Barry, WearingIrish founder and Siegel+Gale Global CMO Margaret Molloy, world-renowned fiddle player Martin Hayes and award-winning author and broadcaster John Kelly. 

Other panellists, moderators, speakers and performers travelling to Limerick for the festival include Dr Miriam NyhanHistorian and Director of Irish American Studies at Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, J.P. O’Meara, VP at Ralph Lauren New York, Brooklyn and Manhattan club owner and LGBTQ activist Brenda Breathnach, Google Creative Labs’ Mary Leonard, Qool DJ Marv of HBO and NYC’s Soho House, Rugby Union New York Founder/Owner James Kennedy, Irish Times Arts & Culture Editor and Inside Politics podcast host Hugh Linehan and IrishCentral Managing Editor Kate Hickey, plus Irish DJs Donal Dineen, Aoife Nic Canna and Niall Colgan, and a return to I.NY for Dublin’s Mother DJs. More contributors will be announced shortly.


Alongside the I.NY headline shows which take centre stage each evening, The Annie Moore Talks series returns with conversations grounded in Irish identity and experience in New York, including an examination of our understandings and misunderstandings of what it is to be Irish and Irish-American in New York. Further discussions will include the Irish LGBTQ experience in the city, the impact of young Irish entrepreneurs and executives in leading New York businesses, and the influence that the city and its people have had on some of Ireland’s best-loved musicians, writers and broadcasters. 

The I.NY Festival is part of the Global Irish Festival Series, an initiative of Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. I.NY Festival 2019 is made possible with the generous support of Fáilte Ireland, Limerick City & County Council, University of Limerick, Shannon Heritage, The Irish Times, and the hotels, venues, businesses and audiences of Limerick.

The full Festival programme and event tickets are available now from here.

For more stories on I.NY click here.

Pictures: Kate Devaney/ ilovelimerick

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.