Ciara Kenny

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National Folk Theatre wants your emigration story

The National Folk Theatre at Siamsa Tíre is gathering stories from Irish emigrants and immigrants living in Ireland for a new stage production in September. Here’s how to submit yours…

Joanne Barry, Anne O’Donnell, Jonathan Kelliher and Tom Hanafin. Photograph: Michelle Crean/Kerry’s Eye

Mon, Feb 11, 2013, 01:00


‘Emigration Stories: A Gathering of our Folk, Here and Now’ is a new production currently in development with the National Folk Theatre at Siamsa Tíre in Tralee, Co Kerry. The group are in the process of gathering real life stories from Irish emigrants and immigrants living in Ireland which they hope will result in a new production to be staged in September.

There is no restriction on the length of submissions and the narratives can feature any story that has a connection with emigration or immigration. If you’ve already written a piece for Generation Emigration, why not send it along to them?

Joanne Barry, Repertory Director with the National Folk Theatre, says the stories can also be about the migration of someone close to you: “You may want to tell us about the extraordinary life of your Great Great Grandfather! Or the recent emigration of your son. They may have had an impact in their new home 100 years ago or be a writer, or the town mayor in a wonderful place today. We would like to hear about these great characters that are part of your lives.”

“The second part of this research is to ask people who have come to live in Ireland to share their story. Your family may have come here fifty years ago or five years ago, was there a specific connection to Ireland that may have influenced your choice of country? We would love to hear your story and hear about your life or your family’s life in a new community.”

Stories and images (in jpeg format) should be sent by email to: or by post to Joanne Barry, Siamsa Tíre, Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry. All photographs will be looked after with care and returned to sender. The deadline is May 10th.

Find out more about the National Folk Theatre at Siamsa Tíre here.

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