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Civic Trust Plaque

Our York Irish and Civic Trust Plaque dedicated to the historical York Irish community who settled in Walmgate after the Great Famine. The plaque was erected in March 2020.

Global Greening

In 2019 and 2020 we came together with Tourism Ireland and City of York Council to take part in the Global Greening Initiative where famous monuments and landmarks are lit up in Green to mark St. Patrick’s Day and the contribution of the local Irish communities. Clifford’s Tower and part of the City Walls were lit up in stunning fashion.

Virtual Events

2020 was a year like no other. We greatly missed our get togethers but we continued to try and lift spirits by hosting online events such as our Christmas Party, Quiz Night, Book Club and Irish language lessons.
We received some funding from the the Irish Embassy’s Emigrant Support Programme Christmas Fund to put together Irish food and drinks hampers to some of our members who could do with a boost amid all of the turmoil of 2020.

St. Patrick’s Festivals

Due to the pandemic, our Festival went virtual in 2021 with a variety of performances including this piece from Damian Fynes.
Catriona Cannon and Ben Sutton perform at our 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival
One of the Ceilidhs at our St. Patrick’s Festival
The O’Connor Academy of Irish Dance perform at our St. Patrick’s Festival
York Walls Lit Up in Green to mark St. Patrick’s Day as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening Initiative

Music Nights

Musicians at one of our regular traditional music sessions
Singer-songwriter Paula Ryan performs for York Irish

Irish Culture Nights

Our Culture Night in 2016 in the De Grey Rooms
Our York Irish Culture Night at York Barbican in 2015
Irish Ambassador to Britain, Daniel Mulhall, gives a talk at one of our 2015 Culture Night at York Barbican


In July 2021 we launched a new football club called York Shamrocks FC, entering into Division 4 of the York Minster Engineering League. Up the Shamrocks!
The York Eireannach Men’s Gaelic Football which we established in January 2017. For more info and to join York GAA see here:
The York Eireannach Ladies Gaelic Football team.
York Eireannach is the first Gaelic Football team in the city in over sixty years. Here is the team from 1953.

Irish Language Lessons

One of the members of our Irish language group, Eoin, gives some tips on pronouncing those tricky Irish names.
The first cohort of our Irish language classes back in 2017.


Sophie Long gives a talk on ‘Understanding Northern Ireland’
The history of the Irish in York talk by John Powell

Christmas Parties

Attendees at one of our Christmas Parties at the Holiday Inn
Attendees at one of our Christmas parties at the Holiday Inn