Posts Tagged ‘Irish Qualitative Data Archive’

*I always get around to things. It might take me a while, but I do. I’d intended to post this up the weekend of our trip up North to see FCUM take on Cliftonville FC, but a truly good Saturday will always see to it Sunday is unproductive.*

We frequently discuss and deal with archives here on Come Here To Me, examples including my recent posting of a Socialist Party leaflet from the time of the last Royal visit to Dublin, or a more recent post from Sam on some of the gems he’s come across working at the Irish Labour History Museum.

A recent symposium with the title ‘Archives in Crisis’ saw more than 250 people pack out a lecture hall at Trinity College Dublin to discuss the state of Irish archives, the event being moderated by Professor Diarmaid Ferriter from UCD. That symposium was addressed by, among others, Fintan O’ Toole and Professor Eunan O’ Halpin. An excellent report of it is to be found over on Pue’s Occurrences, a group history blog many of our readers will be familiar with. There is clearly a passion for archives among the Irish public, and anyone who has had to wait around for a seat at either the National Archives or Library will no doubt agree!

I was recently forwarded this excellent speech from Caitriona Crowe, the Senior Archivist at the National Archives of Ireland, speaking at NUI Maynooth at the launch of the Irish Qualitative Data Archive. It is a defence of archives and archivists, and much more besides.

In these days of cutbacks, one can only hope our archives will not find themselves under the guillotine.

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