Havana Times: Ireland & Cuba: Entangled Histories. “PhDs Margaret Brehony and Nuala Finnegan, both from the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the National University of Ireland in Cork, refer to this distinctive seal in their collection of essays Ireland and Cuba: Entangled Histories. They are written with little or no angles, nothing doctored, and therein lies the book’s greatest uniqueness. The book talks about anti-slavery movements, ethnic whitening processes, women in the Irish diaspora, the slave trade… The following is our conversation with Margaret Brehony about a slice of history that interweaves both islands.”
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.
Irish Central: Online museum documents struggles of mixed-race Irish in Britain. “The Mixed Museum recently launched the ‘Mixed Race Irish Families in Britain, 1700-2000′ exhibition which explores the social reactions to mixed-race Irish families in Britain over the course of three centuries. The online exhibition was curated by the Mixed Museum in conjunction with the Association of Mixed Race Irish and draws on materials from both organizations’ collections in addition to new and fascinating research.”
Derry Now: Troubles archive should be funded long-term. “A lecturer at one of the world’s most respected universities has called on Ulster University and the NI government to adequately fund a Derry-based Troubles archive. It comes after the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) was granted a lifeline in the form of €66,561 in funding from the Irish government’s Reconciliation Fund.”
Derry City and Strabane: Tower Museum release new online Maritime Heritage Collections. “The Tower Museum are releasing some fascinating new online collections celebrating the City and District’s rich maritime heritage. Detailed diaries from transatlantic journeys and lists of the museum’s archive collection are among the information being made public this week on the museum’s website. Bernadette Walsh, Archivist at the Tower Museum, said the archives will allow the public to explore maritime life in the city over the last 300 years.”
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 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. “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.”
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. “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. “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 . “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 . “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. “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.”