The Latest from Ireland

In September 2016, Narrative 4 opened its first global centre at 58 O’ Connell Street in Limerick City, Ireland.

In partnership with Limerick City and County Councils and the J.P. McManus Benevolent Fund, Narrative 4 renovated a dilapidated Georgian townhouse that once served as a public library for Limerick from the 1930s-1990s. We worked with Limerick architects Feeney McMahon to design the state-of-the-art creative facility that we now call home.

Based in Limerick, the N4 Ireland team leads the charge of Narrative 4's mission across Ireland and Europe.

In addition to story exchange programmes in schools and communities, the N4 Limerick centre hosts student engagement events and cultural activities such as a monthly storytelling night, literary readings, and master classes.

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Story Exchange Facilitation Training for Youth Workers

Calling all community leaders and youth workers who work with Traveller and Roma communities. Narrative 4 is partnering with Creative Ireland to train 12 youth workers to become certified Story Exchange Facilitators. This training is valued at €500 but is offered to 12 selected applicants for free.  The Story Exchange is an evidence-based methodology nurturing…

Become A Certified Story Exchange Facilitator – Free Online Training For Teachers & Youth Workers

Please note: This application is for educators based in Ireland. If you’re based in the US, please click here for training opportunities.  Apply now to become a certified Story Exchange Facilitator. Limited free places in our acclaimed CPD training, which is now available online. Limited free places available. Thanks to generous funding support from Social…

Become a Narrative 4 School!

  Narrative 4 Ireland’s The Empathy Project trains secondary school teachers and youth workers to run the story exchange in their classrooms. The CPD (Certified Professional Development) training consists of a one-day training with follow-up. The story exchange is an evidence-based methodology, which teaches young people social and emotional skills and improves wellbeing. The story…

Empathy Education is as Important as Math or STEM

Our European Director, Ruairí McKiernan, recently spoke with The Irish Times about the need for increased empathy and the work of Narrative 4: “I was attracted to it because I feel something is missing in society that offers a space of the soul, time for people to stop, pause, reflect and connect,” says McKiernan. “It’s…

Read N4 Ireland’s Annual Report 2018

“Limerick has always been a big-hearted town. And story-telling has always been at the centre of what propels Irish people. Since we have opened three years ago, we have worked with tens of thousands of young people; all eager to tap into their creativity and tell their stories. The Story Exchange allows us to see…

Narrative 4 Ireland’s “Girl’s Stories” Project

Girl’s Stories is a weekly after-school creative arts project for migrant adolescent  girls who are new to the city. The project provides a safe space to make art, build relationships, share stories, and improve their spoken English. Working with art therapist Sheila Richardson, the participants of Girl’s Stories have created various works of art and…

Narrative 4 Ireland’s “Boys’ Stories” Explores What it Means to be a Man

What does it mean to be a man in the twenty-first century? In Limerick, Narrative 4 Ireland’s “Boys’ Stories” partnered primary school boys with men in their community to explore questions and stereotypes about masculinity. According to N4 Ireland Regional Director James Lawlor, “There was so much wisdom in the room. The participants learned that…

Intergenerational Story Exchanges

‘Tell Your Story’ is an intergenerational community integration project that connects teenagers with older people in their community through the Narrative 4 story exchange. Funded by The American Ireland Funds, JP McManus Benevolent Fund and Regeneron,  the project aims to work with over 200 participants in the 2017 / 2018 school year. We are collaborating…

Addressing Particular Issues with the Story Exchange

In collaboration with local organizations, Narrative 4 Ireland uses the power of the story exchange to address ‘issues’ or ‘themes’ in the community. Narrative 4 Loss, a six-week project in partnership with Milford Care Centre and Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh under the guidance of teacher Paula O’ Sullivan, was designed to give participants the opportunity to develop a…

Events at the N4 Centre

Literary Events We believe language and literature are essential tools for creating a more empathic society. The Narrative 4 Centre hosts a number of free literary events for the public. Authors Lila Azam Zangaheh, Colum McCann, Ruth Gilligan, Donal Ryan, Terry Tempest Williams, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Paul Lynch, Mary O’ Malley, Kerry Neville have all…

N4 Ireland on Facebook

  For program updates, event information and Facebook Live Storytelling, head over to the Narrative 4 Ireland Facebook Page!

A Narrative for Limerick Christmas Celebration

Join us for a special Christmas-themed, intimate night of music and story featuring best-selling writers Colum McCann and Ruth Gilligan, and musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Hosted by Ann Blake. All funds raised will be donated to Narrative 4 Ireland. Get your tickets here!


Narrative 4 Ireland
58 O’ Connell Street
Limerick, Ireland V94 XV70

Phone: +353 (0) 61- 315656

Narrative 4 Ireland–Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in Dublin, Ireland. Company Number 594852.

 Registered Charity Number (RCN 20155254.
2018 Annual Report can be viewed here.
2017 Financial Statements can be viewed here.

Board of Directors