Good Friday Agreement: New online resource presents full text with video explainers (Irish Central)

Irish Central: Good Friday Agreement: New online resource presents full text with video explainers. “Activist Emma DeSouza, Oxford academic Dr. Jennifer Cassidy, and journalist Susan McKay have teamed up to present GFA Explained, a new online resource that presents the full text of the Good Friday Agreement accompanied by videos of each of the experts discussing ‘the key components of the historic text that shapes the past, present and future of Ireland and the UK.’”

Belfast Telegraph: Future of Troubles archive secured with new funding

Belfast Telegraph: Future of Troubles archive secured with new funding . “The future of a long-running Troubles archive has been secured. Cain is an online collection of information and materials related to Northern Ireland’s troubled past and politics. Now a donation by Initiatives of Change will enable it to be sustainable as a live, curated archive, the Ulster University has announced.”

Derry Now: Troubles archive should be funded long-term

Derry Now: Troubles archive should be funded long-term. “A lecturer at one of the world’s most respected universities has called on Ulster University and the NI government to adequately fund a Derry-based Troubles archive. It comes after the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) was granted a lifeline in the form of €66,561 in funding from the Irish government’s Reconciliation Fund.”

Derry Now: Irish government funding saves Derry-based Troubles archive from closure

Derry Now: Irish government funding saves Derry-based Troubles archive from closure . “A valuable Troubles archive has been rescued at the eleventh hour after the Irish government announced funding for a new project. Earlier this year Ulster University had decided that the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) website would be frozen. The Irish government has now provided €66,561 through its Reconciliation Fund. But additional resources must still be found to secure its long-term future.”

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.”

News Letter: Future of Ulster University’s historic Troubles archive still shrouded in uncertainty

News Letter: Future of Ulster University’s historic Troubles archive still shrouded in uncertainty . “The CAIN internet service (standing for Conflict Archive on the Internet) is a vast repository of speeches, murals, treaties, death records and more, covering decades. It is entirely open to the public and is run by the University of Ulster – but last year the university said funding pressures meant its future was in jeopardy. It now refuses to shed light on its current funding status as the clock ticks down to a decision deadline.”

Derry Now: New archive to be created in Derry in honour of John Hume

Derry Now: New archive to be created in Derry in honour of John Hume. “The CAIN archive which is based at Ulster University’s Magee campus has received a Reconciliation Fund grant to compile an online archive of former Derry politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate John Hume. Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) documents the Troubles and politics in Northern Ireland.”

Irish News: Archive shows rare photographs of IRA men patrolling streets of west Belfast

Irish News: Archive shows rare photographs of IRA men patrolling streets of west Belfast. “RARE photographs of IRA men patrolling the streets of west Belfast during the early days of the Troubles have been donated to a unique online archive. Dozens of pictures taken across several years have been handed over to the Belfast Archive Project by a former amateur photographer from west Belfast.”

BBC: Joe Barrett’s 100-year-old IRA archive found in attic

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 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.”

Goretti Horgan: The world-famous CAIN Troubles archive must not be allowed to gather dust (Belfast Telegraph)

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

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

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

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

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.”