The shortest distance between two people is a story

We believe stories have an innate power to create empathy in society. Stories can shatter stereotypes and break down barriers and end hate and prejudices.

Narrative 4 Ireland was established in 2016 and is a registered Irish charity. We have licensed the Story Exchange programme from the US based Narrative 4 Inc., which was founded by writers & educators in 2012. One of these founding writers was Irish novelist Colum McCann, who is now the Chair of Narrative 4 Ireland.

Our office address is 58 O’Connell Street, Limerick, V94XV70. RCN 20155254, CHY 22037.

Guided by our history, inspired by our future

In June 2016, Narrative 4 renovated an old Georgian townhouse on Limerick’s O’Connell Street into a 21st century community space. The project was supported by Limerick City and County Council and the JP McManus Benevolent Fund.

Since then, thousands of young people and members of the community have stepped through our door. We have hosted hundreds of Story Exchanges, storytelling nights and literary events. We’ve also supported local festivals and events such as Make A Move Festival, The Limerick Spring, Open House, Culture Night, Fresh Film Festival and many more.

History of the Building

58 O’Connell Street (originally George’s Street) was built as part of Edmond Sexton Pery’s ambitious plan to build a ‘new town’. It was originally built to be a family home in the early 1800s, but we know that use changed to become a horse carriage showroom in the 19th century, before becoming a car showroom and garage in the early 20th century.

From the 1930s-1990s it housed the Limerick County public library. The building has a long history of housing stories, we are honoured to be the current caretakers of this legacy.

Milestones, moments,
and triumphs

March 2014

The first Story Exchange takes place in Ireland, supported by Limerick City of Culture 2014.

June 2016

Narrative 4 Ireland launches, on the opening of the Empathy Centre in Limerick City during the Narrative 4 Global Summit, supported by Limerick City and County Council and the JP McManus Benevolent Fund.

December 2017

Narrative 4 Ireland wins Limerick City’s Building of the Year Award from Limerick Tidy Towns.

August 2018

Narrative 4 Ireland trains their first cohort of teachers!

December 2018

Narrative 4 is featured in The Guardian newspaper. We were also awarded the Youth Mental Health Award by Rethink Ireland, funding that would allow us to scale our training.

June 2019

Two Irish students Alex McCarthy and Mercy Oyewo were awarded the Loretta Brennan Glucksman Scholarship and travelled to New Orleans for Narrative 4 Annual Global Summit.

August 2019

Narrative 4 Ireland hosted their first Empathy Conference! Bringing together the dynamic facilitator network for the first time.

June 2020

Narrative 4 Ireland launches an online training programme for teachers and youth workers, in response to Covid-19.

January 2022

Narrative 4 Ireland launches the Empathy School Award!

Learn more about our team

Check out our Annual Reports