Ireland and New York are synonymous with each other – the shared history, the ever-continuing exchange, the shaping of respective identities and the impact of each place on the other. Of the 34.5million people in North America who claim Irish heritage, it is New York State that the largest number of them call home. Anchored in cultural programming, the festival celebrates the history and modernity of the relationship through music, literature, film, theatre, exhibitions, presentations, street-art and the Annie Moore talks series. The festival also explores the breadth and depth of the connection between Ireland and New York through widened programming highlighting historical and contemporary stories of public service, sport, politics, fashion, food, religion, crime and more.
I.NY is an international cultural project that celebrates and brings to life this shared story. The broader project includes year-round digital story exchange, collaborations and residencies, and cross-Atlantic initiatives in art, education and enterprise.
I.NY is the creative brainchild of David O’Donovan and Aoife Flynn, who developed the project with the help and support of numerous individuals and organisations in Ireland and New York over a two-year period.
“It’s from a fascination with and love for both the history and modernity of the Ireland New York relationship that I.NY is built. The intention is to uncover the stories that are the fabric of that relationship, to tell them to a wide audience, encourage that audience to share their own, and once a year, through these stories, bring that relationship to life in an Irish city. I.NY creates opportunities for an audience to explore what it means to be local and global, Irish and American, emigrant and native, and to share and experience these stories”.
Their ambition is that the I.NY project will become a key place of exchange and engagement between Irish and New York audiences and communities, and a flagship national annual event with a unique international focus.
I.NY is presenting a series of events across Limerick City, Ireland from Oct 07-14 2018 as a proud participant in the new Global Irish Festival Series 2018. David O’Donovan, Director of I.NY, commentedabout the new initiative;
‘I.NY was created with the specific aim of capturing, retelling and celebrating the thousands upon thousands of personal stories that make up the complex Irish New York relationship. The Global Irish Festivals initiative is a natural home for I.NY and this innovative partnership between Failte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is incredibly welcome. We look forward to welcoming the diaspora home to Limerick and the Wild Atlantic Way to experience those stories – their stories – in 2018 and beyond.”
About the Founders
An expert events programmer and project manager, David has had a twenty year career in event and festival development and management during which he has staged over 1,500 events ranging from intimate concerts to large-scale national festivals. He has worked extensively with local government agencies, national public agencies and private companies. Born in Dublin but based in Limerick for two decades, he was Limerick City Festivals Manager from 2004 – 2007 and founded and published the monthly Limerick Event Guide from 2002-2012. David holds a BA in x?, a Masters in Festive Arts and a Masters in Creative Writing, all with University Limerick.
Holding an MPhil in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin/ Goldsmiths UK, Aoife Flynn has over twenty years experience in the cultural and creative sector. From early beginnings with the Dublin Theatre Festival and Abhann Productions to The Model, Sligo and IMMA, the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Aoife has always been interested in the expression of Irish identity and the power of the cultural and creative industries to communicate this and create opportunities for national growth. Aoife has worked with Failte Ireland on innovative cultural tourism projects such as the Merrion Square Initiative and the Yeats brand positioning in the North West. She has developed audiences for EVA – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated large scale events for IMMA, Body & Soul Festival and The Model, Sligo.