Covid-19 case surge: Pause for thought, but not panic (RTE)

RTE: Covid-19 case surge: Pause for thought, but not panic. “Around 10 days ago, things were looking quite positive with the Covid-19 trends and then something happened to cause a rise in the key metrics. It has prompted experts and Government to consider ‘a go, no go’ decision on lifting most of the remaining restrictions from 22 October. It has been billed as something like a ‘freedom day’. However, full freedom may have to wait just a bit longer.”

The Irish News: New online archive launched of 22,500 EU peace-funded projects

The Irish News: New online archive launched of 22,500 EU peace-funded projects. “The searchable `PEACE Programmes Learning Platform’ holds thousands of different research reports, evaluations, testimonies and case studies of over 22,500 peace and reconciliation projects in Northern Ireland and the Republic’s border counties. Designed to support academics, researchers and those involved in peacebuilding, it is also publicly available.”

CBC: 107-year-old social media sensation remembered for attending virtual mass in every Irish county

CBC: 107-year-old social media sensation remembered for attending virtual mass in every Irish county. “Nancy Stewart was disappointed when COVID-19 restrictions kept her from attending mass, so she started attending online services. But she didn’t limit her attendance to her local church. Instead, she went to mass in all of Ireland’s 32 counties, as well as in places including Rome, New York and London — and her online fans followed her on her journey. Stewart, who was referred to by many as Granny Nancy, died in her home Friday. She was 107 and was among the oldest people in Ireland.”

Irish Examiner: New website to help autistic students navigate barriers in third-level education

Irish Examiner: New website to help autistic students navigate barriers in third-level education. “A new website supporting autistic young people to navigate barriers they might face in higher-level education has launched this week. Launched by national charity AsIAm, the website includes practical resources for third-level students, including financial and budgeting advice, virtual tours, and student recipes.” Third-level is equivalent to American college, it looks like. While some of the resources were Ireland-focused, a lot of them weren’t, speaking more to the topics of autism and college in general.

The Irish Times: Accessible Stasi archive offers a model for Catholic Ireland’s troubled past

The Irish Times: Accessible Stasi archive offers a model for Catholic Ireland’s troubled past. “Religious orders retain their archives. There is no palpable pressure on them to hand them over, nor is there a dedicated public institution to manage the files if they did. Official Ireland still adopts an ad hoc approach to its past, limiting any chance of coherent research or public education on our vanished Catholic past…. It would be wrong to compare Catholic Ireland and communist East Germany, but Ireland’s approach to its collective past today jars with how East Germans sometimes at real risk to themselves and their families took ownership of the Stasi files and their past. Twice.”

BBC: WhatsApp issued second-largest GDPR fine of €225m

BBC: WhatsApp issued second-largest GDPR fine of €225m. “WhatsApp has been fined €225m (£193m) by Ireland’s data watchdog for breaching privacy regulations. It is the largest fine ever from the Irish Data Protection Commission, and the second-highest under EU GDPR rules. Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, has its EU headquarters is in Ireland, and the Irish regulator is the lead authority for the tech giant in Europe.” €225m is about $266.5 million USD.

The Irish News: Tech giant Google will face international businessman in the Irish courts in landmark case

The Irish News: Tech giant Google will face international businessman in the Irish courts in landmark case. “Defamation proceedings have been issued at Dublin High Court by lawyers on behalf of Kheir Allab, a French-Algerian entrepreneur. Despite having won a court order in Switzerland and instituted criminal libel proceedings in France, Mr Allab says he is continuing to be targeted by detractors on YouTube with videos making false and defamatory claims.”

CNN: Irish tech firm helps kids’ voices be heard

CNN: Irish tech firm helps kids’ voices be heard. “While personal artificial intelligence (AI) assistants are becoming increasingly integrated in our everyday lives, they are just one use of voice tech — and are primarily designed for adults. Irish tech startup SoapBox Labs wants that to change. The Dublin-based firm has developed speech recognition technology designed specifically for children — and it’s already in use across a range of applications, from toys to education apps.”

IrishCentral: The shocking story behind an Irish Famine memorial in Quebec

IrishCentral: The shocking story behind an Irish Famine memorial in Quebec. “Located along the banks of the Gatineau River in western Quebec, just north of Canada’s National Capital Region, a sleepy rural community still holds deep Irish roots. It is here, in Low, Quebec, where a unique memorial stands in testament to the survivors of Ireland’s Great Hunger who settled this area in the 1800s.”

Watch: Cork Heritage Open Day goes online with guided video tours of over 45 amazing spaces (CorkBeo)

CorkBeo: Watch: Cork Heritage Open Day goes online with guided video tours of over 45 amazing spaces. “Cork Heritage Open Day is a virtual experience this year – but you can still get a sneak peek inside some of the most unusual, unique and usually hidden spaces and places on Leeside. On Saturday, August 14th, the virtual doors will swing open to 45 historic buildings across our city. The festival organisers have recorded three-minute guided tours of over 45 buildings in Cork which the public can watch online… The videos feature wonderful archival footage of Cork and all are subtitled.”

Oireachtas Library: Oireachtas Library presents new digitised collection at American Conference for Irish Studies

Peter H. took time out of his busy day to let me know about this newspaper collection and I sure do appreciate it! Oireachtas Library: Oireachtas Library presents new digitised collection at American Conference for Irish Studies. “Kate McCarthy, the special collections librarian, gave a presentation to the conference on the Oireachtas Library’s digital special collections with a focus on the The United Irishman, the newspaper published by Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in New York in the late 19th century. The newspapers are part of the library’s Dublin Castle collection.”

Galway Advertiser: NUIG law postgrads create school teaching resources on Ireland’s institutional abuses

Galway Advertiser: NUIG law postgrads create school teaching resources on Ireland’s institutional abuses. “The resources, which were created with survivors, school teachers, pupils, activists, and artists, are designed to help secondary school teachers address the human rights violations suffered in the industrial schools, Magdalene Laundries, and mother and baby institutions. The resources are published on the ICHR and Open Heart City project websites, and will be available as a free download.”