Irish Tech News: TG4 Appoints Its First Archivist

Irish Tech News: TG4 Appoints Its First Archivist. “TG4 wants to increase public access to the station’s digital archive as they celebrate 25 years on air. As a custodian of Irish language Linguistic Assets broadcasting legacy, The TG4 archive contains a valuable and varied repository of material. The development of the digital archive will continue in 2022, work that has been ongoing since the end of 2011. When complete, TG4’s Irish Language Digital Archive will be one of the most extensive and significant bodies of Irish language audio-visual material in the world.”

Irish Genealogy News: New digital archive and database of Irish Catholic clergy launches

Irish Genealogy News: New digital archive and database of Irish Catholic clergy launches. “A new digital archive and database of the Irish clerical population from medieval to modern times has been launched out of Maynooth University’s Arts and Humanities Institute…. The first phase of the Clericus project focussed on students and faculty of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, historically Ireland’s largest seminary and pontifical university. The principal sources were 124 student class portraits and student lists dating from the second half of the 19th century to 2018.”

RTÉ: Website launched to help preserve and collect aspects of Traveller culture

RTÉ: Website launched to help preserve and collect aspects of Traveller culture. “A new website has been launched to help preserve and collect aspects of Traveller culture including art, photographs and other documents. The website… was launched at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. The project arose out of an exhibition at the gallery in 2018, organised by artist Séamus Nolan in conjunction with organisations including Pavee Point and Roma Centre.”

IrishCentral: Maps of Dublin city, dating 1695 to 1827, available online

IrishCentral: Maps of Dublin city, dating 1695 to 1827, available online. “Dublin City Libraries (DCL) has announced that its City Surveyors’ Maps Collection dating from 1695 until 1827 is now available on the Digital Repository of Ireland. Maps in the collection show the development of Dolphin’s Barn, Lazy Hill (now called Pearse Street), Essex Street, and a plan to develop buildings and stables on St. Stephen’s Green in 1758 that never came to fruition.”

Watch: Cork Heritage Open Day goes online with guided video tours of over 45 amazing spaces (CorkBeo)

CorkBeo: Watch: Cork Heritage Open Day goes online with guided video tours of over 45 amazing spaces. “Cork Heritage Open Day is a virtual experience this year – but you can still get a sneak peek inside some of the most unusual, unique and usually hidden spaces and places on Leeside. On Saturday, August 14th, the virtual doors will swing open to 45 historic buildings across our city. The festival organisers have recorded three-minute guided tours of over 45 buildings in Cork which the public can watch online… The videos feature wonderful archival footage of Cork and all are subtitled.”

Oireachtas Library: Oireachtas Library presents new digitised collection at American Conference for Irish Studies

Peter H. took time out of his busy day to let me know about this newspaper collection and I sure do appreciate it! Oireachtas Library: Oireachtas Library presents new digitised collection at American Conference for Irish Studies. “Kate McCarthy, the special collections librarian, gave a presentation to the conference on the Oireachtas Library’s digital special collections with a focus on the The United Irishman, the newspaper published by Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in New York in the late 19th century. The newspapers are part of the library’s Dublin Castle collection.”

Mná 100: New podcast series launched to highlight contribution of women to Irish independence struggle (Extra)

Extra (Ireland): Mná 100: New podcast series launched to highlight contribution of women to Irish independence struggle. “A new podcast series entitled Mná 100 has been launched to highlight the contribution made by women to Ireland’s struggle for independence a century ago. The podcast was developed as part of the Decade of Centenaries programme instigated to commemorate the momentous events that led to the foundation of the Irish state between 1912 and 1923.”

Independent (Ireland): Claddagh reveals ‘treasure trove’ of music and poetry on website

Independent (Ireland): Claddagh reveals ‘treasure trove’ of music and poetry on website. “Claddagh and Universal are in the process of digitally remastering a ‘treasure trove’ of Claddagh material which has been stored in Bank of Ireland vaults for several decades. More than 600 products, including Irish music and poetry, will be available for sale internationally with plans for the Claddagh website to become a ‘go-to’ site for traditional Irish music and sound. “

Afloat: Online Exhibition Reveals Unique Currach Building Video & Archive

Afloat: Online Exhibition Reveals Unique Currach Building Video & Archive. “The finished 19 and a half feet, three-man currach complete with mast and sail, over two hundred photographs and video footage documenting the build, along with details logged in the NMI team’s notes and correspondence, have left us with a significant and complete record of the vanishing skill of traditional Irish currach building. The unique footage, following Michael Conneely carefully and craftfully through the step-by-step building process, is now available to view on the National Museum of Ireland’s website for the first time in an online exhibition called Making a currach – Michael Conneely.”

The Irish Times: National Library announces year-long LGBTI+ programme

The Irish Times: National Library announces year-long LGBTI+ programme. “A year-long programme exploring Irish LGBTI+ identity and experiences over the last several decades to the present has been announced by the National Library of Ireland (NLI). It includes a physical and online exhibition of the work of activist Christopher Robson as well as a number of LGBTI+ online events.”

Southern Star: Snap happy! West Cork in the frame

Southern Star: Snap happy! West Cork in the frame. “THE pandemic has sparked an enormous appetite in people for nostalgia and days gone by. And satisfying that appetite is a hugely popular photo archive which gives a snapshot of life in West Cork from the 1950s to the 1970s. Called the Clonakilty Photo Archive, it comprises the thousands of pictures taken by chemist Tony Bluett. A Limerick man, he arrived in Clonakilty in 1958 and worked from his shop on Pearse Street until he retired in 2005.”

CNN: Chicago surprises the city with the traditional green river for St. Patrick’s Day after saying the event was canceled

CNN: Chicago surprises the city with the traditional green river for St. Patrick’s Day after saying the event was canceled. “The green river wasn’t supposed to flow for St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago this year, but the city surprised its residents by carrying on the tradition unannounced. To help curb crowds again due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chicago officials canceled the annual dying of the Chicago River event — a longstanding St. Patrick’s Day tradition. On Friday, the Chicago Sun Times lamented the lack of green for the holiday this year. However, Saturday morning, Mayor Lori Lightfoot shared an image on her Twitter account announcing that the river was being be dyed that morning in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.”

Read all about us: The Dictionary of Irish Biography is now open access (The Irish Times)

The Irish Times: Read all about us: The Dictionary of Irish Biography is now open access . “On March 17th, the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland, the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB), is moving to an open access model, making its entire corpus of nearly 11,000 biographies, spanning over 1,500 years of Irish history, freely available to all through a new website…”