A trip through Liverpool’s rich Irish history


Liverpool is widely known as the ‘real capital of Ireland’, with an estimated three quarters of its population having some Irish roots. This rich heritage is being marked this month in the tenth Liverpool Irish Festival, which continues until October 21.

As well as the usual lively and numerous performances by Irish musicians and writers, the festival has included tours of the Museum, which focus on the Irish contribution to the city. They start at the atrium, which is based on the design of a passage grave – common in Ireland, and there are some in Anglesey and off the Scottish coast, but the only one on the British mainland is at the Calderstones in Liverpool.


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