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.
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.”
Belfast Telegraph: Goretti Horgan: The world-famous CAIN Troubles archive must not be allowed to gather dust. “CAIN’s position as an active archive is currently under threat, as Ulster University says that external funding must be found to support the resource. The university will otherwise guarantee only that the site will remain as a static digital resource within the library and that this will happen during 2019. The university says that CAIN will remain available to the public and to scholars. But it is important people understand that, if CAIN is not kept active, there is a threat that a static resource could eventually die.”
Belfast Telegraph: Archive of Northern Ireland Troubles to close. “An online archive of the Troubles is to close, it has been reported. For years, academics around the world – as well as journalists, writers and historians – have used the respected Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN). But BBC NI reported that the comprehensive resource, run from Ulster University’s Magee campus is to be closed.”
The Irish Times: How Sinn Féin won the social media guerrilla war. “For those of us with a keen eye on Irish republicanism and a knowledge of its tendency towards factional splits, the potential of the net and new forms of activist practice to provide a transformed political space was greeted with now justified cynicism. Irish republicans from Sinn Féin, to dissidents like the 32 County Sovereignty Movement and the newer socialists of éirígí, were forging an ecosystem online, using free spaces to hammer out the structural transformations of a political worldview being dynamically remoulded by internal change and the effects of the peace process.”
Irish Times: Kate Adie launches ‘Divided Society’ archive of Troubles. “Journalist Kate Adie at the Linen Hall Library in central Belfast has launched a new online archive of the Troubles and of the peace process of the 1990s. The digital resource called Divided Society features a wide range of material relating to the 1990s when Northern Ireland made the transformation from conflict, to a peace process, to the Belfast Agreement of April 1998.”
Queen’s University: Linen Hall Library Set to Launch New ‘Divided Society’ Digital Archive. “The ‘Divided Society’ resource will collect together over 700 periodicals published between 1990 – 1998 focused on the Northern Irish conflict and peace process. Over 150,000 pages of material will be available along with a 1000 political posters and commissioned essays, audio and video interviews.”