A Place Called Home: The Untold Stories of the Irish in Leeds

Posted on 26/04/2011 by


A fantastic new film featuring the oral histories of Irish emigrants in Leeds has been just been completed and is now on-line for all to watch and enjoy.

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A Place Called Home  is the title of the new documentary made for the Irish Arts Foundation (IAF) based in Leeds for their project Untold Stories. It was filmed, directed and edited by Patricia Doherty, a Leeds-based filmmaker whose family are from Ireland.

The three-part film looks at the Leeds Irish experience through the eyes of emigrants who made the journey to Leeds in the 1950s and 60s. They didn’t leave with the intention of settling in a foreign city. Not only did they settle, but they established a strong Irish community which quickly became part of the very fabric of the city.

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Using archive images and never-before-seen film footage, the film is driven by personal testimonies that reveal the reasons for leaving Ireland and the difficulties settling in Leeds, which at the time took 24 hours to reach by road, train and sea. We gain an insight into the unexpected emotional journey they embarked upon on the day they left Ireland. And how the building blocks were laid for the community of 50,000 people today who are proud to call themselves the Irish in Leeds.

The film is part of the Untold Stories project, an is an archive project undertaken by the Irish Arts Foundation with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Its aim is to document the Leeds Irish community and raise awareness of the many contributions that it has made to life in Leeds, and to uphold a positive image of their heritage and cultural traditions.

The film and the website are really excellent, and IAF have done themselves and the Irish community in Leeds proud. Untold Stories: http://www.untoldstories.co.uk

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