A big thanks to Geneanet for tipping me to this one. I apparently missed it when it was announced in early June. From The Journal: New historical birth, marriage and death registers available online for public to access. “Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, TD, and Josepha Madigan, TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have announced that a further tranche of Ireland’s historical Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths are now available online and free for the public to access.”
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.
Irish Examiner: Dozens of far-right social media accounts said to be spreading misinformation in Ireland. “Dozens of far-right social media accounts are operated from Ireland, and some have as many as 40,000 followers. They spread misinformation and harass specific groups of people. Social media facilitates the rapid spread of ideas and ‘hate speech is no exception’, says Ireland’s Hate Track report.”
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.”
The Irish Times: Scale force: citizen scientists reel in data on salmon and sea trout. “The Minister of State with responsibility for inland fisheries, Seán Canney, is seeking assistance from anglers to become citizen scientists for the National Salmon Scale Project. The initiative aims to collect information through scales from salmon and sea trout which will contribute to the conservation of wild salmon stocks.”
The Journal (Ireland): TheJournal.ie launches Noteworthy, a new investigative journalism website. “Journal Media is today launching Noteworthy, a new website which funds in-depth journalism based on suggestions from the public. The platform is a new model for funding good journalism. Noteworthy will crowdfund and report on stories suggested by people around Ireland which deserve to be told and which would otherwise go unreported.”
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.”