Breaking News Ireland: African king takes defamation case against blogger based in Ireland

Breaking News Ireland: African king takes defamation case against blogger based in Ireland. “A West African king claims he has been defamed in a series of social media posts by an Irish-based blogger, the High Court has heard. Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, known as Ojaja II who is the traditional ruler and spiritual leader of the Yoruba people, claims that he has been defamed in video clips and other posts, that have appeared on Facebook and YouTube, by Esther Esabod Aboderin.”

University Times: USI to Launch Online Archive Hailing Students’ Role in Marriage Equality

University Times: USI to Launch Online Archive Hailing Students’ Role in Marriage Equality. “The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) [has launched] an archive of reports, photos and videos… to celebrate the role of students in the 2015 marriage equality referendum…. It features details on the first time a USI president called for marriage equality – in 1977 – as well as how students’ unions pushed for exams to be moved so students could vote in the referendum.”

Lovin Ireland: Mass Isolation Project – An online photo album gorgeously capturing Irish life under lockdown

Lovin Ireland: Mass Isolation Project – An online photo album gorgeously capturing Irish life under lockdown. “Using specially created hashtags, the project is a crowd-sourced online archive already boasting over 18,000 photos from people around the world with close to 6k photos shared in Ireland alone. Detailing the impact of Covid-19 on daily life, it provides people with a platform through which they can share both the beauty and the struggle of everyday experiences.”

Derry Now: Derry-based ‘Troubles’ archive resource set to be frozen because of a lacking of funding

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

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.”

Ireland should consider forcing Google, Facebook to pay media for content: PM (Reuters)

Reuters: Ireland should consider forcing Google, Facebook to pay media for content: PM. “The Irish government should consider copying Australia’s plan to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google to share advertising revenue with local media, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said [in April].”

‘The favour is returned’: 173 years on, Irish donors thank Native Americans (RTE)

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.”

Limerick Post: LSAD project to reveal the impact of design on life, culture, business and society in Ireland

Limerick Post: LSAD project to reveal the impact of design on life, culture, business and society in Ireland. “Map Irish Design, new research that examines more that 2300 design projects to reveal the impact of design on life, culture, business and society in Ireland over the past decade was recently launched.”

Donegal Daily: GAA opens up vast digital archive of past matches

Donegal Daily: GAA opens up vast digital archive of past matches. “THE [Gaelic Athletic Association], in conjunction with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, have launched the GAA Digital Archive at Croke Park providing free access to past GAA matches to internet users around the world. 113 All-Ireland finals since 1961 are included in the archive and provincial finals from 1961 also feature.”

Dalkey locals spin Matt Damon yarns: ‘Seen down the nudist swimming hangout’ (The Irish Times)

The Irish Times: Dalkey locals spin Matt Damon yarns: ‘Seen down the nudist swimming hangout’. “In a very funny scene in the film that’s sure to emerge from Matt Damon’s accidental sojourn in south Co Dublin during the Covid-19 shutdown, the people of Dalkey came out over the weekend to defend the Hollywood star from prying paps. Well, not quite prying paparazzi, but a journalist named Heather Murphy, who introduced herself on the Dalkey Open Forum Facebook page.”

Waterford Live: Irish researchers address coronavirus myths on brilliant new website

Waterford Live: Irish researchers address coronavirus myths on brilliant new website. “Members of the public can submit any health claims they are curious about to the iHealthFacts website. A team of researchers in NUI Galway have established a process for assessing prioritised health claims by searching for evidence to support or refute the claim. The prepared responses are also reviewed by a team of Evidence Advisors from NUI Galway, UCD, TCD, UL, UCC and RCSI and by a panel of Public and Patient Advisors (PPI Ignite, NUI Galway). The result is a short, easy to read, clearly presented response to help the public make informed decisions about their own health.”

#CoronavirusSolidarity diary: Florist gives flowers ‘free of charge’ to Glasnevin Cemetery (Irish Examiner)

Irish Examiner: #CoronavirusSolidarity diary: Florist gives flowers ‘free of charge’ to Glasnevin Cemetery. “In the days and weeks ahead we will be highlighting for posterity those stories which capture the unique community spirit of Ireland’s repsonse to the ongoing crisis. Please let us know about community initiatives which have been set up to offer support to those most impacted by the crisis or examples of people who are going above and beyond the call of duty. Tag us at @irishexaminer and use #CoronavirusSolidarity.” Up to four parts, and a lovely read if you’re feeling down.

Independent Ireland: Virtual show: Exhibition of best press photographs goes online

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.”

Independent (Ireland): More than 12,000 arts events cancelled due to Covid-19 crisis

Independent (Ireland): More than 12,000 arts events cancelled due to Covid-19 crisis. “MORE than 12,000 arts events from music and theatre performances to exhibitions have been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. This will lead to a lost audience of 2.4m people by the end of May according to research by the Arts Council. It was also revealed that 112,000 tickets have already been sold for events that won’t now take place.”

Irish Post: This helpful website shows how far you can go from home without breaking Ireland’s COVID-19 restrictions

Irish Post: This helpful website shows how far you can go from home without breaking Ireland’s COVID-19 restrictions. “A NEW website has been created to offer guidance to the Irish public on how far they can roam from home while the current Covid-19 restrictions are in place. As of midnight, this past Friday, March 27, people across Ireland were ordered to remain indoors for the next two weeks to help slow the spread of coronavirus.”