About Us

Tá fáilte romhaibh – Welcome to the Teesside Irish Society!

Teesside Irish Society was formed in 2016 to celebrate and promote the Irish heritage of people living in Teesside.

We celebrate Irish culture and tradition through a range of events with an aim of building connections and friendships within various communities through a shared interest.

Thousands of people emigrated from Ireland to Teesside during the 1840s and for many years after as the iron, steel-making and port industries grew and prospered. Irish communities were particularly strong in the Cannon Street Area of Middlesbrough, ‘over the border’ (St. Hilda’s), and South Bank (close to the industry) as well as in pockets of Billingham, Stockton, Redcar and Hartlepool.

The legacy of these people who settled in Teesside and raised families make up a large demographic of the population of Teesside. Some people may not even realise they have Irish heritage!

One of the aims of this society is to connect with these people –  the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generations and give them a platform and opportunity to be part of their own special history.

Of course, there are many Irish people living here due to work, contracting jobs, and of course the students who study at Teesside University – we hope that the society can be a way for these people to connect with our communities and we may be able to offer general advice so they can get the best out of this lovely part of the world!

And most importantly – you don’t have to be Irish to be get involved or become a member! As long as you have a genuine interest in the society and would like to attend our events and get to know a brilliant bunch of people – then you’re very welcome to join us!

If you’d like to know more about us, or you’d like to get in touch you can contact us here.