Irish Black History Month: 5 Facts You Likely Didn't Know

As you may (or may not) know, during the month of October, Black History Month is celebrated in several countries around the world and one of those countries is Ireland.

Irish Black History Month first began in Cork in 2010, although it wasn’t until 2014 that it was consolidated as a nationwide event.

So, as we celebrate Black History Month in the Republic of Ireland, here are 5 interesting facts you likely didn’t know.

One of the earliest accounts of a Black presence on mainland Ireland was that of Small, a freed formerly enslaved African-American who had saved the Irish aristocrat Lord Edward FitzGerald.

Tony Small

Long before there was the incredible Whitney Houston or the inimitable Aretha Franklin, there was another black songstress superstar…her name was Rachel Baptist.

The Black Siren

At the height of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Ireland was visited by a number of well-known former enslaved people turned abolitionists, including Frederick Douglass.

Frequented by Abolitionists

Part of Ireland’s rich cultural heritage is the Irish language, which Black residents have learned and actively fought to preserve.

Africans and the Irish language

History was made in 2021 when Pamela Uba became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss World Ireland!

The first black Miss Ireland

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