About the Irish Community Archive Network

An Education & Outreach project

Since 2009 the Education & Outreach Department of the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life has been working with community groups across Ireland to help them collect, preserve and make accessible their local histories online. Each group has developed a website designed to encourage active participation from a global as well as local, audience.

These communities are writing their own histories

These communities are in effect, writing their own histories' by tapping into local collections, family photographs, reminiscence, local newspapers and publications, church records and so much more.

Each locality in Ireland has unique people, places and events associated with it. By preserving this information for posterity and opening it up to a worldwide audience through the internet, not only are they sharing this information they are also adding to it through contributions to the websites.

If you have links to Oughterard in Co. Galway, Ballinrobe and Louisburgh/Killeen in Co Mayo or Wicklow County you will be astounded and delighted at the wealth of information available. You might also want to comment or contribute. Click on the links (top right) to visit these websites.

What is Our Irish Heritage?

Our Irish Heritage is a gateway into the network, promoting community archives plus the highlights, new articles and latest comments from across all of the sites.

Our Irish Heritage also offers those wo do not have their own website the opportunity to showcase their local history and heritage.

Who is Our Irish Heritage for?

It is for people of all ages and backgrounds, from teenagers to teachers, families to local historians; it's about much more than history. You could explore wildlife, the landscape, travel, art, community cultures, whatever you are interested in and would like to share with others. The website is a place for both individuals and communities to share, discover and debate. You might not agree with everything, but it's the range of views that will keep the site lively and interesting!

Why contribute to this website?

This website offers groups or individuals with an interest in their local history and heritage an opportunity to contribute information and images. In this way we hope to take the local and make it national; eventually representing communities across the island of Ireland.

Our Irish Heritage is all about uncovering what you think is special about your local area. You can use the site to share your stories, memories, snapshots, research and observations of life around the country. It's entirely up to you what you add; your memory can be of an event you attended last week or something that happened years ago.

I'd like to do something in my area

You could set up a volunteer group in your town or village and encourage other people to get involved. Why not run a memories event, or a coffee morning where people can come together to share their memories of life in their town or village. You could also encourage your local Clubs and Societies to add pages to the website.

Setting up your own community archive project

If your community group is interested in starting an online archive check out our Community Archives pages. Contact us to find out how we can help you.

What can't go on the website?

There are a range of things we can't publish. These include:

  • advertisments for your business
  • political and religious slogans and logos
  • your personal contact details including your address or phone number
  • things like borrowed images which break copyright law
  • anything which is just plain rude.

Links to other websites are included at the editors' discretion. The editors will contact you if there is a reason why we cannot publish all or part of your contribution.