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A Visual-Audio Demonstration of Irish Language and Cultural Heritage

Internal/External Partners if any
An tAcadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, the James Hardiman Library, the Moore Institute, Huston School of Film and Digital Media.

Language of Materials
Mostly (95%+, inc. metadata) Irish, some English.

Media Types
Moving images (broadcast video); audio (broadcast radio; music recordings); full text; still images (scanned text and images).

Demonstrator Project  Description
The Visual-Audio Demonstration Project of Irish Language and Cultural Heritage (in conjunction with Raidió na Gaeltachta (RnG) and An Fhiontarlann – an Irish language media company) is a project based on Irish-language cultural heritage. The content will revolve around unique features of traditional music (in various forms and formats), the Irish oral tradition and our indigenous maritime heritage. Media elements will include video and audio data sets, complemented by textual and graphical material, and will draw on our collection of broadcast TG4 material; elements of the Raidió na Gaeltachta collection; the Seosamh Ó hÉanaí music collection; the Joe Burke traditional Irish music collection, amongst others (see and    

The project will involve collation and contextualisation, and will assist the DRI team in developing search tools to address language-specific issues. Irish language archive infrastructures benefit from tools which incorporate various linguistic aspects that intelligently describe a language, in order to provide effective management. Linguistic aspects which impact on accessibility include genitive possession, lenition, eclipsis, articles, syncopes and plurals.

The project will result in a unique compilation, searchable across content, which will account for the language’s structural features in our metadata structures and our end-user requirements. The selection of AV material to the DRI will reflect a unique, simultaneously contemporary and historical aspect of indigenous culture and heritage. It will depict the evolution of the Irish language in its many forms, from audio recordings of traditional music, through the birth of RnG in the early 1970s, to its modern manifestation in broadcast video.

In addition, the Huston School of Film and Digital Media will place the film and digital media outputs (short fiction, information and advocacy films) of its various programmes on deposit. This extensive catalogue of audio visual material generated by visitors and guests to the Huston over the past five years includes celebrated actors, directors, writers and film theorists, such as Neil Jordan, Gabriel Byrne, James Cromwell, Lenny Abrahamson and John David Rhodes, and forms an invaluable and multifaceted record of film culture across the traditional theory/practice divide at the beginning of the digital era.