Discover more about our work at Narrative 4 Ireland
Read about our projects and collaborations below!
Girls Stories Project 2018-2021 – supported by Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation.
The Girls Stories Integration Project was founded in 2017 by Sheila Richardson (Art Therapist/Visual Arts Lecturer/Irish Artist) and Dr. James Lawlor (Director of Narrative 4, Ireland).
The project ran an afterschool support group for young adolescent migrant girls new to Limerick City. It developed from a collaboration initiative with Doras Luimní that sought to respond to the social and emotional needs of young Syrian refugees who came to Ireland under the government’s resettlement programme of 2015. The group includes girls not only from Syria but also Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Croatia and Latvia.
March 2023 saw the launch of the ‘Girls Stories Annual’, a publication of personal essays, poetry, and artwork which documents the Girls Stories Project.
Prison Story Exchange in partnership with Gaisce, The President’s Award, Maynooth University and Mountjoy Prison
The Story Exchange Project brought together two
seemingly disparate groups; university students and
inmates, in an attempt to promote understanding and break down
67 boys from three primary schools in Limerick City, five members of the Moyross Youth Academy and 32 men, community project participants, youth workers and teachers took part in Boys Stories, a project that explored the questions…
‘Is it okay for a man to cry? Should boys and men talk to each other about their experiences? What does it even mean to be a man in Limerick in 2019?’
Connecting Cairo and Limerick
How much do you think children in Moyross and Cairo have in common? Turns out they’ve a lot more in common than you’d imagine. That was one the lessons learned when four children from Corpus Christi school in Moyross paired up with four students from the British International School in Cairo for a unique story exchange.
Tell Your Story: Intergenerational Story Exchange
The Tell Your Story project took place between September 2017 and May 2018 with the aim to build community between older citizens and young people in Limerick through the medium of storytelling. With a total of 180 participants, involving 5 schools – Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Desmond College, Bruree NS, Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, Desmond complex and Friar’s Gate Theatre, this intergenerational Story Exchange allowed different generations to bridge the gap and see the world through the eyes of another, to right misconceptions and shatter stereotypes, to learn from each other and share knowledge in a truly unique and special way.