Global Irish Newsletter January 2021

A Message from Minister of State

Colm Brophy T.D.

A chairde,

Welcome to this latest edition of the Global Irish Newsletter. I hope this message finds you safe and well.

In the Government’s newest Diaspora Strategy, which was launched last November, we reiterated that care for the elderly and most vulnerable emigrants will remain at the heart of our approach. I am delighted that the Emigrant Support Programme, which supports Irish community projects around the world, is now accepting applications for its 2021 funding round. Full details on eligibility, how to apply, and what to include in your application, can be found on the Global Irish website.  The closing date for applications is 24th February 2021.

This year, projects will be prioritised which  help to rebuild our communities after Covid-19. This could include projects that promote mental health; or digital inclusion initiatives to deliver welfare and heritage projects online. The other priority area will be projects which promote an inclusive approach to our diaspora, including initiatives to heal our relationships with emigrants who left Ireland in crisis, or projects that reach out to traditionally marginalised groups like LGBTQI people, the Travelling community and Irish people of mixed ancestry.

In the traditional Celtic calendar, the 1st of February marked the first day of spring, and it is in that spirit of new beginnings after a long and dark winter that Irish communities around the world will once again be celebrating St Brigid’s Day on that date. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Irish communities in over 30 locations around the world will be marking this celebration of the creativity and talent of Irish women, with many of the events taking place online. As part of this, my Department, in collaboration with the Museum of Literature Ireland, will be sharing poetry inspired by Brigid by three of Ireland’s finest living female poets: Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Paula Meehan and Nidhi Zak. They will be presented in a beautiful video format which will be shared online.

Beir bua agus beannacht,
Colm Brophy T.D.

Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development