Spin Southwest: Ireland’s Biggest Book Festival For Young Adults Goes Digital. “Ireland’s biggest & most exhilarating arts festival for Young Adults, in association with Listowel Writers Week, is set to go on line – 24th, 25th & 26th November. Festival organiser Helen Lane spoke to Louise on Spin Now this morning. Ireland’s young adults are in for a treat – an exciting festival line-up of poets, motivational speakers, fiction writers, singers, film-makers and journalists sharing the best of literature across secondary schools nationwide.” The festival is free.
BBC: Mabel Remington Colhoun photo collection goes online. “On an outside wall of Londonderry’s Tower Museum hangs a blue plaque in honour of Mabel Remington Colhoun. It remembers the many and varied achievements of an archaeologist, teacher and historian to life in the north west. But, throughout a life less ordinary, she was also a prolific photographer.”
Irish Legal News: Law students create database of Irish court decisions. “The Irish Legal Information Initiative (IRLII) database includes keywords to help busy practitioners identify the cases most useful to them. IRLII was originally founded by Professor John Mee in 2001 as part of UCC School of Law’s commitment to the Free Access to the Law Movement (FALM) and in association with the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII).”
Irish Times: Broadcasting regulator launches Irish media ownership database. “The site… was commissioned by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) from the Dublin City University (DCU) School of Communications. It allows the public to check the ownership of a database of media businesses that serve Irish audiences at either national, regional or local level, including international companies that have a presence here.”
Dublin Inquirer: A New Archive Looks at the Life and Work of the “Shining Star of Dublin Theatre in the 1950s” . “When Barry Houlihan, an archivist at the National University of Ireland Galway was researching his latest project he had an incredible stroke of good luck. Houlihan was researching actors in the Dublin theatre scene in the 1950s and was trying to find out more about The Globe Theatre Company, and an actress called Genevieve Lyons. To his surprise Lyons’s daughter, Michele McCrillis, contacted the university to offer them a collection of her mother’s photographs and papers, says Houlihan.”
The Journal (Ireland): Government spends almost €700,000 on social media and digital ads related to Covid-19. That’s a bit over $815,000 USD. “THE GOVERNMENT SPENT almost €700,000 on digital and social media ad campaigns related to Covid-19 during the first nine months of the year, new figures show. Figures provided to TheJournal.ie reveal that €688,805 was spent across nine campaigns informing the public about various aspects of the pandemic.”
University College Cork, Ireland: Cork International Film Festival Digital Archive. “The initiative was coordinated by the Department of Digital Humanities in UCC collaboration with the Department of Film & Screen Media and the festival team. The collection contains photographs, programmes and posters spanning the festival’s long history. The project is ongoing and the general public is invited to submit their own memorabilia and stories of festival experiences.”
Belfast Telegraph: BBC hits rewind on NI faces and places from past for new website. “…a new website, the first of its kind, is opening up access to a rich treasure trove of footage from BBC Northern Ireland’s archive. Weeks and months of searching through the BBC vaults in London and Belfast has unearthed more than 13,000 broadcasting gems and, as the corporation prepares to celebrate 100 years next year, the new portal is being presented as a fully searchable gift to the public.”
Columbia Journal of Transnational Law: Facebook’s Response to the Irish Data Protection Commission Falls Flat. “As of the date of this writing, the DPC has not yet released the draft decision it anticipated would be complete within 21 days of the FIL Response Letter. While FIL’s arguments in the FIL Response Letter are rather tenuous, it looks like Ireland has become Facebook’s battleground to save its business across the European Union. It will not give up without a protracted fight.”
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.”
CNN: Facebook moderators reportedly complain about Covid risk in Dublin office. “Contractors who moderate content for Facebook in Dublin have reportedly complained about poor working conditions, which they fear could increase their chances of catching the coronavirus.”
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.
BBC: Coronavirus: Irish health minister tests negative for Covid-19. “Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has tested negative for Covid-19 after reporting feeling unwell. Members of the Irish cabinet were told to restrict their movements after the country’s health minister made the report on Tuesday afternoon. Initially it was announced that the cabinet would have to self-isolate and the Dáil (Irish parliament) would be adjourned indefinitely. However, the Dáil resumed business on Tuesday evening.”
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.”
BBC: Coronavirus: Ireland at ‘tipping point’ as Covid-19 cases rise. “The Republic of Ireland’s cabinet has reversed some of its lockdown relaxation measures as it attempts to deal with rising Covid-19 case numbers. Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said: ‘We are at a tipping point.’ He added that a few weeks ago there were just 61 new reported cases for a seven day period but last week there were 533 cases.”