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.
The Guardian: ‘Academic vandalism’ – unique archive of the Troubles under threat. “The Conflict Archive on the Internet (Cain) website, based in Derry, has taken two decades to build up an unrivalled encyclopaedic digital record of the conflict. It includes oral histories, election results, political memorabilia, public records, bibliographies and the names and details of more than 3,600 Troubles-related killings in Northern Ireland, Ireland, the UK and continental Europe. The information is free to access and responsive to requests and queries ranging from school students, professors and former paramilitaries. But perhaps not for much longer. Ulster University, which hosts the archive’s three-strong team at its Magee campus, is threatening to pull the plug. The university says the cost, estimated at £170,000 a year, is unsustainable.”
Independent (Ireland): New website gives glimpse of the tenantry of Coolattin Estate. “A fascinating new historical resource was launched at the Courthouse Arts Centre recently which offers a detailed glimpse into the life of tenants on the Earl of Fitzwilliam’s Wicklow estates between 1841 and 1868.”