Derry Now: Derry-based ‘Troubles’ archive resource set to be frozen because of a lacking of funding

Derry Now: Derry-based ‘Troubles’ archive resource set to be frozen because of a lacking of funding. “The Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) contains information and source material on the Troubles and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. The CAIN is regarded as the ‘go-to’ resource on the Troubles by academics, researchers and journalists from throughout the world. The archive and its staff are based at the Magee campus of the Ulster University. However, the university said last year that it was reviewing the future of the archive due to a lack of funding.”

Derry Journal: New website offers ‘virtual museum exhibition’ of Inch island heritage

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.”

‘The favour is returned’: 173 years on, Irish donors thank Native Americans (RTE)

RTE: ‘The favour is returned’: 173 years on, Irish donors thank Native Americans. “The organisers of a fundraising campaign for Native Americans hit by the coronavirus have thanked Irish donors for their support. People from Ireland have been sending money through a ‘GoFundMe’ page set up to help Navajo and Hopi families, with many of the Irish donors saying it was a way of saying thank you for the support shown to Ireland during the Great Famine.”

Independent Ireland: Virtual show: Exhibition of best press photographs goes online

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.”

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland: Cataloguing of RCPI’s historic book collection complete

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland: Cataloguing of RCPI’s historic book collection complete. “The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is celebrating an important milestone in the ongoing project to catalogue our historic library holdings. We have now catalogued all the books in our collection, with all 14,718 items now available in our online library catalogue. This significant project, led by Keeper of Collections, Harriet Wheelock, has taken ten years to complete.” The link provided in the announcement doesn’t work, but if you remove the leading www it works fine.

News Letter: Future of Ulster University’s historic Troubles archive still shrouded in uncertainty

News Letter: Future of Ulster University’s historic Troubles archive still shrouded in uncertainty . “The CAIN internet service (standing for Conflict Archive on the Internet) is a vast repository of speeches, murals, treaties, death records and more, covering decades. It is entirely open to the public and is run by the University of Ulster – but last year the university said funding pressures meant its future was in jeopardy. It now refuses to shed light on its current funding status as the clock ticks down to a decision deadline.”

The Irish Times: Yes Equality campaign photographs donated to National Library

The Irish Times: Yes Equality campaign photographs donated to National Library . “More than 6,000 photographs of the Yes Equality campaign have been added to the National Library of Ireland’s digital archive, almost five years after the referendum that cleared the way for same-sex marriages to take place.”

Derry Now: New archive to be created in Derry in honour of John Hume

Derry Now: New archive to be created in Derry in honour of John Hume. “The CAIN archive which is based at Ulster University’s Magee campus has received a Reconciliation Fund grant to compile an online archive of former Derry politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate John Hume. Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) documents the Troubles and politics in Northern Ireland.”

Kilkenny County Council Online (Ireland): “Kilkenny Shopfronts Through the Ages” – Over 4,400 Photos Made Accessible

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

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

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 Times: Marian Keyes becomes first Irish writer to donate digital archive

Irish Times: Marian Keyes becomes first Irish writer to donate digital archive. “The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has announced details of a pilot scheme to expand the ways it collects the ‘born-digital’ story of Ireland – allowing content like videos and digital documents to become part of the national collections. The first to donate part of her digital archive is the author Marian Keyes following a request from the library.”

Irish Times: Vast archive of early Irish history digitised and put online

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.”