Donegal Now: National Museum of Ireland of Country Life explores devastating Spanish Flu outbreak from 100 years ago. “The public participation element of the programme will allow students, communities and individuals across the island of Ireland to share and archive their Spanish Flu stories… Stories submitted by the public will be linked to an online interactive map of Ireland, which will allow a global audience to view Irish experiences of the Spanish Flu.”
Al Jazeera: Research group launches online database of accused Irish clergy. “Ahead of Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to Ireland, an international research group launched a database of Irish clergy convicted or credibly accused of sexually abusing children.”
Dublin People: Minister visits Swords for website launch . “MINISTER of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Sean Kyne, visited Fingal County Council’s headquarters in Swords recently to launch a website which contains comprehensive information about Ireland’s non-profit sector.”
While wandering around Twitter I heard about a new WordPress site — the Irish Diaspora Histories Network.
From the About page: “The histories of the Irish diaspora are varied and diverse, and span a multitude of geographical and chronological periods. As a result, the scholars researching them are often separated by historiography, methodology, and discipline base. This website, and the accompanying social media list, seeks to bring together researchers of Irish diaspora history by highlighting the range of work being doing across the world. It’s hoped that new conversations and connections can be made through the information held on this website.”
RTÉ Radio 1 via PlayerFM: Digital archive of Conradh na Gaeilge’s weekly newspaper goes online. “Cuan Ó Seireadáin, Curator with Conradh na Gaeilge, speaks to us ahead of the launch of an online archive of ‘An Claidheamh Soluis’ from 1899-1932.” Many apologies — this is audio-only. I could not find a text news article about the archive launch. It may be because I wasn’t searching for the correct keywords in Irish. If you’ve got a link to a text story, please comment with it. Thank you!
Breaking News Ireland: Government adds social media’s impact on public debate as new risk factor to Ireland. “The impact of social media on public debate and the economy overheating have been identified as new risks to the country. The findings are from the Government’s National Risk Assessment, which has been published today, and which aims to take a birds-eye view of the biggest risks facing Ireland.”
Galway Daily: Amazing new database with pics of 18th and 19th Century Ireland launched. “How was Ireland depicted in illustrations produced by travellers from 1680 to 1860? A new database of images drawn from travel accounts answers this question. Based on years of research by a group of investigators at NUI Galway led by Professor Jane Conroy, Ireland Illustrated is now available to view online.”