Why do people share their stories on your social media channels?
Stories have a power on us as human beings, regardless of our politics. When you hear stories, an outpouring of emotion, or someone being vulnerable, you can empathise with it. We felt that was a very good way to highlight the racial struggles of people of colour in Ireland.
What’s your interest in Europeana Sport?
The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) said they’d like to archive what we do. The initial connection to Europeana came through that. We’re going to run a Black and Irish people in sports week in January 2021 to highlight what it’s like being a sports person who is a person of colour in Ireland. We hope that the stories shared on Black and Irish will make their way into Europeana’s sports collection.
What’s the link between Black and Irish and cultural heritage?
We all come from varying cultures. I'm Black and Irish. But if you were to delve into my Black roots, my African roots, I'm Nigerian, Yoruba. There's some rich, rich culture in there. A lot of people don't understand our culture, and don't understand our history, myself included. I’m interested in how we make this more mainstream. How do we get people more interested in their heritage? I feel like I should have been interested in my heritage 10 years ago. How do we get that taught in school?
October was Black History Month and we’re still fighting for similar things today as we were 200 years ago. And similar mistakes are being made. It is bewildering to me that we're still having those same conversations today. Regardless of colour of skin, we are not aware of our heritage, we're not aware of our history, we're not educated enough in it.