Discover more about our work at Narrative 4 Ireland
As well as supporting a thriving community of facilitators in schools and in the community sector across Ireland, Narrative 4 also delivers projects out of its base in Limerick city. Check out the range of projects below!
The Possible: 25 years of peace
Students commemorate 25th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement with ‘The Possible’ – funded by The Ireland Funds, The Moriah Fund and Loretta Brennan Glucksman.
Students in Belfast, London, Dublin and Limerick took to the streets on 18th April 2023 following Senator George J. Mitchell address in Queen’s University Belfast at the Agreement25 conference. Students from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh; St Dominic’s College, Dublin; Malone Integrated College, Belfast; and Priory Integrated College, Co. Down; distributed printed copies of his speech to members of the public at Westminster, Queen’s University, Leinster House, and the streets of Limerick city.
Connect 4 Summer Camp
Narrative 4 joined forces with Doras in delivering two summer camps for teenage girls in Limerick City.
22 participants connected through the story exchange, created amazing artwork, strengthened life skills and learned how to enhance their sense of wellbeing. They got a chance to work with local artists and writers, including Sheila Richardson, Anne Marie Morrin, and Gráinne O’Brien, author of A Limerick Fairytale. Connect 4 was jam-packed with other activities including Irish dance lessons with acclaimed Irish dancer Kelsey Schuhle, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® workshops from How Might We, and First Aid sessions with St. John’s Hospital!
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.
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.