Join our panel for what promises to be a stimulating, challenging conversation about two key themes: the Proclamation of the Irish Republic in 1916; and the History of the Irish in Bradford. You’re cordially invited to join the discussion with Joe Sheeran, host of ‘Echoes of Ireland’, BCB Radio’s weekly traditional Irish music programme; director of the Bradford Irish Club, Dominic Sheeran; and social historian Shelagh Mary Ward, who has conducted extensive research into the history of Bradford’s Irish community. Our speakers explore the ‘What? Where? Who? When? How? and Why?’ of these two topics.

A must for anyone with an interest in Irish history and heritage, both local and national.

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Dominic Sheeran

Teacher Dominic Sheeran was born in Bradford to an Irish Catholic family in 1961. An old boy of St Bedes Grammar School, he enjoyed success at both codes of rugby and has been a Bradford Northern/Bulls supporter ever since. A former Chairman of Bradford Irish Club and Treasurer of the Bradford Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, he is currently a director of Bradford Irish Club Ltd and a member of Comóradh16.

Joe Sheeran

Joe Sheeran, a native of Ireland, is a retired secondary school teacher and has previously been the director of Cúlra, the education programme of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Association of Irish Musicians) in Britain, and chair of BCB 106.6fm. He hosts a weekly traditional Irish music show on the same station, ‘Echoes of Ireland’, which has run for the last 14 years.

About The Academic

Shelagh Mary Ward

Dr Shelagh Mary Ward is an associate of Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, Leeds Trinity University. She has conducted extensive research into the Irish community in Bradford during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly in relation to faith, poverty and crime.