This article was published in 2012.

Did you know that throughout the month of March every year, Irish History Month takes place? An initiative brought about by the Irish Arts Foundation, first celebrated in Leeds in 2007, it is now in its sixth year.

Irish History Month, a pioneering venture in Britain, exists to promote knowledge of Irish History and experiences in Britain and beyond, its purpose is to disseminate information on the many positive contributions that Irish people have made to British society and also to introduce new audiences to the vibrancy of Irish arts, heritage, culture and history.

So what's involved then? There is a programme of events to suit all tastes.

Particular highlights this year include concerts from Christy Moore (1st April) and The Waterboys (21st March) at Leeds Town Hall as part of The International Concert Season.

As part of The 50th Anniversary Tour, The Dubliners will play live at Leeds Grand Theatre (18th March).

Also look out for lectures from Dr Martin Dowling on the Irish Music Session (The Grove Inn, Sat 24th March) and there will be traditional music sessions at the Grove Inn.

For a full programme of events please see