Irish Population Change Atlas

The Irish Population Change Atlas, is an interactive, online resource detailing 160 years of Irish population history through which population change can be explored and researched.  It provides population data for all 32 counties within the Island of Ireland from 1841 to 2002. Data is available at Electoral Division level, at a consistent set of 3432 EDs, which is based on the 1851 Electoral Division boundaries.The data used in this population atlas is from 16 censuses, taken in both the Republic and the North of Ireland between 1841 and 2002.

Also available is the Irish Famine Data Atlas.

Doegen Records Web Project

Doegen Records Web Project. “This digital archive of Irish dialect recordings made during 1928-31 comprises an important collection of early Irish language recordings of folktales, songs and other material. It includes recordings from many regions of Ireland where traditional Irish dialects have disappeared since the time the recordings were made. [They are] accompanied by transcriptions and translations…information on the people recorded, and other related content”. This is a project of the Royal Irish Academy.

Saint Patrick’s Confessio Hypertext Stack

In 2011 the Royal Irish Academy published Saint Patrick’s writings in a freely accessible form online at www.confessio.ie both in the original Latin and in a variety of modern languages, including Irish.  There is an introductory video.  “The project provides facsimiles and transcriptions of the extant manuscript testimonies and digital versions of relevant editions – from the editio princeps of 1656 up to the canonical version of the critical text, established in the scholarly edition by Ludwig Bieler in 1951” (see DHO).  For more information on the website, click here where the question is also asked, “Is the book any longer really the most appropriate medium for exploring and representing such a highly complex thing as textual tradition – even though books were the very medium by which the tradition has reached us? Unsurprisingly, the answer given here can only be no”.  Whether or not you agree, the multi-layered Confessio hypertext stack is testimony to the power of digitisation for the transmission of historical texts.

Irish names added to new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

A number of high-profile names from the North of Ireland are among the latest to be added to the newest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The lives of 217 men and women who died in 2008 are now part of the dictionary series, which includes 53,084 articles telling the life stories of 58,094 people. The new additions include a selection of people who shaped or commented on the recent history of the North. They are Sir John Hermon, Brian Keenan, Conor Cruise O’Brien, and Basil Kelly. The four Irishmen take their place alongside other new additions to the Oxford DNB including the dramatist Harold Pinter, science fiction and science writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the broadcast journalist Sir Charles Wheeler, jazz trumpeter and radio performer Humphrey Lyttelton and television performer Jeremy Beadle – all of whom died in 2008. The Oxford DNB is updated three times annually and published every January, May, and September

Irish Film & TV Research Online

Irish Film & TV Research Online is a website designed to bring together the wide diversity of research material relating to Irish-made cinema and television as well as to Irish-themed audio-visual representations produced outside of Ireland. It incorporates three searchable databases: Irish Film & Television Index; Irish Film & Television Biographies; and Irish Film & Television Bibliography; and the Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar, an annual conference of film studies’ postgraduate students based in Ireland or engaged in researching Irish material elsewhere. The project is based in the School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin.

Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive

The IVRLA is a digital Humanities and Social Sciences repository, which draws on the extensive resources of archival and rare material held in University College Dublin, and allows researchers to access this material in a digitised format, from a single virtual location. The material is arranged in curated collections which can be browsed or searched.

The Irish Traditional Music Archive – new-look website launched

A major revision and redesign of the Irish Traditional Music Archive website has been carried out over the last few months. The new site has greatly enhanced access and search capabilities, and will be an important platform for an expansion of ITMA’s services in the coming years.

DIPPAM Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration

DIPPAM is an excellent archive of sources relating to the history of Ireland, including migration, from 18th to the late 20th centuries.  The project is the result of collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast, the Centre for Migration Studies in Omagh, the University of Ulster and Libraries NI, and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

The archives provides access to EPPI: Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland, IED: Irish Emigration Database  and VMR: Voices of Migration and Return (life narrative interviews conducted with recent migrants and returnees from Ulster). It is possible to search each of the databases individually or cross search all at once.

Early Irish Glossaries Database

Early Irish glossaries (Cormac, O’Mulconry, Druim Cett, Loman and Irsan) are important for those researching medieval Ireland. This electronic resource (beta version) provides transcriptions, tools for generating concordances, a bibliography, a list of abbreviations and a search option.