Irish Examiner: €3m RTÉ spend on mammoth digitisation of archive footage. “RTÉ is set to spend more than €3m on the digitalisation of hundreds of thousands of video and audio recordings dating back to 1950 ‘as a matter of some urgency’. The public broadcaster has put out an invitation to tender for the mammoth task, which will be completed over the course of four years at an indicated cost of €3,225,000.” That’s about $3.7 million USD.
Derry Now: Irish government funding saves Derry-based Troubles archive from closure . “A valuable Troubles archive has been rescued at the eleventh hour after the Irish government announced funding for a new project. Earlier this year Ulster University had decided that the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) website would be frozen. The Irish government has now provided €66,561 through its Reconciliation Fund. But additional resources must still be found to secure its long-term future.”
Irish Film Institute: The Reel Art Collection Launches IFI@Home. “The Irish Film Institute is delighted to announce the launch of its new video-on-demand platform, IFI@Home. The platform, now live at http://www.ifihome.ie, will make a selection of the IFI’s unique brand of Irish and international programming available to audiences across Ireland for the first time.” Please note this collection appears to be geo-restricted.
Derry Journal: New website offers ‘virtual museum exhibition’ of Inch island heritage. “This website is an accessible, easy to navigate, reflection of the community’s interests, with much of the content created by the islanders themselves. Did you know, for instance, that Inch’s Irish name is Inis na n-Osirí, the island of the oysters? Did you know the graveyard at Strahack contains hundreds, possibly thousands of graves, and was split in two by British sappers in the late 19th Century? Did you know there are hundreds of metres of 18th Century underground mill races on the island? Did you know that Inch Fort was once armed with Armstrong Disappearing guns, and was occupied by anti-Treaty forces in 1922? All of this information and more is available on the new website.”
Limerick Post: LSAD project to reveal the impact of design on life, culture, business and society in Ireland. “Map Irish Design, new research that examines more that 2300 design projects to reveal the impact of design on life, culture, business and society in Ireland over the past decade was recently launched.”
Donegal Daily: GAA opens up vast digital archive of past matches. “THE [Gaelic Athletic Association], in conjunction with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, have launched the GAA Digital Archive at Croke Park providing free access to past GAA matches to internet users around the world. 113 All-Ireland finals since 1961 are included in the archive and provincial finals from 1961 also feature.”
Independent Ireland: Virtual show: Exhibition of best press photographs goes online. “For the first time in 42 years, the renowned Press Photographers Association of Ireland’s (PPAI) Press Photographer of the Year exhibition will not embark on its nationwide tour, due to Covid-19 restrictions. But the emergency will not stop the public from being able to view some of the best photojournalism in the country – including Independent News and Media photographer Mark Condren’s stunning portrait of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, which won him the Press Photographer of the Year 2020 award.”
Medievalists .net: Project breathing new life into forgotten medieval chants. “The Amra project, led by music historian Dr Ann Buckley at Trinity’s Medieval History Research Centre, is aiming to digitise and make freely available online over 300 manuscripts containing liturgical material associated with some 40 Irish saints which are located in research libraries across Europe.”
Kilkenny County Council Online (Ireland): “Kilkenny Shopfronts Through the Ages” – Over 4,400 Photos Made Accessible. “Kilkenny County Council is delighted to launch an exciting new online resource, entitled ‘Kilkenny Shopfronts Through the Ages’… This initiative is the result of collaboration between the Council’s Planning section, the Library Service, Information Systems and Heritage. These photographs show the shopfronts in each street in central Kilkenny City between the late 20th Century and the present.”
The Irish Times: Retrieval of Irish archive lost in 1922 fire ‘astounding’, historian says. “An attempt to recreate Ireland’s archives destroyed in a fire in June 1922 has been successful to a ‘greater extent than ever previously imagined,’ the historian behind the project has said.”
Irish Examiner: State archives system creaking under pressure of staff and skills shortages – report. “Just four of the 61 State departments and agencies are up to date with their legal obligation to transfer their records to the National Archives (NAI) under the ’30-year-rule’. That’s according to a report of Ireland’s national archives system found that the annual transfer of records under the 30-year rule has been scaled back this year because of a lack of storage space.”
Irish Tech News: PEIG.ie to be launched welcoming in a new era for the Irish language online. “This launch welcomes in a new era for the Irish language online. PEIG.ie focuses on providing news, events, job vacancies and information to the Irish language community and to the learners of the language. ”
Silicon Republic: Cork’s unique LGBTQ history preserved forever in digital repository. “Documents detailing the history of LGBTQ activism in Cork, including newspaper articles and photos, have been added to the Digital Repository of Ireland.”
Irish Times: Vast archive of early Irish history digitised and put online. “They include copies of manuscripts painstakingly transcribed by Brother Ó Cléirigh for his project which would become the Annals of the Four Masters and based on books which were destroyed during the violent upheavals in Ireland during the 17th century. There are also several books on martyrology and the lives of the saints from the medieval period. Twelve of the books are in old Irish and the 13th is in Latin. There are plans to translate them all into English.”
I apologize in advance for this headline from Phys .org: Lost Irish words rediscovered, including the word for ‘oozes pus’. “Researchers from Cambridge and Queen’s University Belfast have identified and defined 500 Irish words, many of which had been lost, and unlocked the secrets of many other misunderstood terms. Their findings can now be freely accessed in the revised version of the online dictionary of Medieval Irish.”