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.”
Irish News: Archive shows rare photographs of IRA men patrolling streets of west Belfast. “RARE photographs of IRA men patrolling the streets of west Belfast during the early days of the Troubles have been donated to a unique online archive. Dozens of pictures taken across several years have been handed over to the Belfast Archive Project by a former amateur photographer from west Belfast.”
The Southern Star: Schools’ history project records important ‘revolution’ memories. “EXTRAORDINARY stories about the people of West Cork are coming to light as part of an ongoing schools’ history project organised by Skibbereen Heritage Centre, as part of Cork County Council’s Centenary and Creative Ireland programmes. Over the past three years, local primary school children have documented their family stories and local community memories related to the turbulent years of Irish history from 1916 to 1923.”
Kilkenny Now: Kilkenny’s rich history now available on national archive database. “KILKENNY County Library has joined the Digital Repository of Ireland – making Kilkenny’s rich history available to the world at the click of a button. The partnership will see the records currently held by the Kilkenny County Library, including information on the county’s history, geography, antiquities, archaeology, folklore and culture, being added to the national archive database.”
Dublin InQuirer: How a Butcher Amassed a Photo Archive for East Wall. “Each of the seven folders holds about a hundred prints. The collection began with a few photos, rescued from a skip around the corner, says Paddy Curtis, in his East Wall butchers’ shop last week.” This is a wonderful story. Please read it.
NewsFour: IFI launch archival treasure trove on IFI Player and June Dark Skies Festival. “The Irish Film Institute recently announced the launch of the Loopline collection on the IFI player. Loopline was set-up in 1982 by Sé Merry Doyle. A film-making company, its prominent focus was on documentaries. This launch of their collection highlights what is a veritable treasure trove which provides a fascinating insight on Irish society through different periods in the company’s near forty-year history.”
BBC: Joe Barrett’s 100-year-old IRA archive found in attic. “A century-old archive of IRA documents, detailing secret operations from the 1916 Easter Rising through to the Irish Civil War, has been found in an attic. The collection belonged to Joe Barrett, a former IRA commander in County Clare who died aged in his 80s in 1971.” There are plans to digitize the material and make it available online.