The repository now holds 50 published collections. As many of our members are working on ingesting further collections which will be published in the coming months, we thought the landmark of 50 collections was a fantastic opportunity to create a list allowing DRI user to browse the large variety of material which the repository holds.
Farmers and Relational Sustainability:
Interviews conducted using the Biographic Narrative Interpretive Method on the topic of relational sustainability in Ireland. The interviews explored the experiences of farmers, fishers and rural dwellers of relationships in their communities: relationships between people; between people and land; between people and animals; between animals and land.
Preparing For Life
Preparing for Life (PFL) is a community-led prevention and early intervention programme that is operated by the Northside Partnership (NSP) in Dublin, Ireland. PFL aims to improve levels of school readiness of young children from several designated disadvantaged areas of North Dublin, by intervening during pregnancy and working with families until the children start school. The PFL Programme is a home visiting programme whose purpose is to improve documented low levels of school readiness by assisting parents in developing skills to help prepare their children for school. As such, the PFL Programme operates under a holistic definition of school readiness composed of five dimensions including: 1) physical well-being and motor development; 2) social and emotional development; 3) approaches to learning; 4) language development and emergent literacy; and 5) cognitive development and general knowledge.
Private papers at Dublin City Archives
Collections of private papers from Ireland including correspondence to and from farmer Patrick English and dating largely to first half of the twentieth century held and managed by Dublin City Archives at Dublin City Library and Archives
Debating austerity in Ireland: crisis, experience and recovery
The austerity that followed the recent economic and financial crisis has led to impassioned debates across the social sciences and the public at large. Although Ireland was not its only victim, the depth of the interacting economic, banking and budgetary crises has meant that the level of public interest has been especially intense. Among the hotly debated questions: what is austerity? Was it necessary? What have been its consequences?
Farmers and their inventions
‘From Knowledge to Invention: exploring user innovation in Irish agriculture’ was a successful doctoral research project conducted at The Open University (UK) from 2012-2016 with funding from Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Scheme. The study explored the processes and motivators of farmers who invent useful artefacts for the farm and their relationships with formal agricultural organisations. It investigated the economic, social, and cultural factors that influence whether they share or commercialise their inventions. In terms of methodology, five semi-structured interviews with Irish innovation support organisations and five in-depth Biographic-Narrative Interpretive Method interviews with male farmer-inventors took place in 2015. This collection contains four anonymised interview transcripts: two with farm advisors and two with farmer-inventors
Irish Women at Work Oral History Project
This collection includes 42 oral history interviews focused on the working lives of women (1930-1960) living in three counties of Ireland (Cork, Kerry and Limerick). The women’s accounts are woven into the broader narratives of their lives extending from childhood to adulthood and old age.
Outside the Glow collection: Protestants and Irishness in independent Ireland
Collection of 94 oral history interview transcripts that were gathered by Dr. Heather Crawford as part of the study entitled 'Protestants and Irishness in independent Ireland: an exploration'. The study explored the southern Irish Protestant experience since independence, and enquired into the nature of the southern Irish Protestant relationship to Irishness in light of the dominant construction of national identity as Catholic and nationalist, with iconic status attributed to the Irish language.
Kilkenny Design Workshop
The major part of the Archive consists of photographic material – photographic prints and negatives, 35mm slides and large-scale transparencies – which document all aspects of the Kilkenny Design Workshops. Eleven of the series are devoted to images of KDW designed products; one series documents non-KDW designed products sold in the KDW retail outlets; and two record the people involved in KDW as employees, suppliers, or as part of the Designer Development programme.
Dublin Reconstruction (Emergency Provisions) Act 1916https://repository.dri.ie/catalog/ff36jm37m
Legislation to provide loans to construct buildings in Dublin city centre to replace those destroyed during the 1916 Rising was enacted in 1916. This collection comprises an index of queries about and applications for loans, records of applications, and a valuation of properties in Dublin city centre in the aftermath of the Rising.
TII Digital Heritage Collections
TII’s mission is to deliver transport infrastructure and services, which contribute to the quality of life for the people of Ireland and support the country's economic growth. Consideration of archaeology is fully integrated into the national road and light rail scheme planning process and is directly managed by the TII Archaeology & Heritage Section. Their objective is to meet our statutory obligations, observe best practice, contribute to the efficient delivery of national road and light rail schemes and disseminate the results of TII-funded archaeological investigations. The digital heritage collections of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) aim to fulfill this objective by making their heritage collections available online through the DRI.
Magdalene Oral History collection
Collection of interview transcripts and audio recordings from the research project Magdalene Institutions: Recording an Oral and Archival History that was led by Dr Katherine O'Donnell, Director of the Women's Studies Centre at University College Dublin. The project was a Government of Ireland Collaborative Research Project and was funded by the Irish Research Council. The overall objective was to contribute towards a better understanding of the system of Magdalene Laundries that existed in Ireland in the twentieth century through the gathering and study of testimonies from people who are directly or indirectly related to these institutions. The project collected 80 oral histories from 91 interviewees, including survivors who worked and lived in the Magdalene Laundries, as well as relatives, members of the Religious Orders, regular visitors and anyone else who had a story to tell that relates to these institutions.
The Capuchins and the Irish Revolution
The fonds consists of the correspondence and papers of Capuchin priests detailing their involvement with participants in the national struggle. The majority of the material dates from 1916-1925 and includes many records highlighting the role played by Irish Capuchins in ministering to Republican leaders and their relations. Of particular interest is a large collection of ‘prison letters’ including the correspondence of some of the leading figures of the Irish Revolution. The fonds also contains a large collection of Republican publicity material, newspapers and miscellaneous items of ephemera and artefacts mostly relating to the military and political campaign organised by nationalists for Irish independence. A smaller collection relating to the repatriation of the bodies of Fr. Albert Bibby and Fr. Dominic O’Connor from the United States to Ireland in 1958 is also extant
Irish Orchestral Music - a selected list
A selection of orchestral works by Irish composers from the collections of the Contemporary Music Centre. With the earliest work dating from 1933, and the most recent dating from 2013, the collection provides an insight into the development of Irish orchestral music over the past 80 years.
Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive
The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association was established in 1996 to commemorate all Irish men and women who volunteered, served and died in the First World War 1914-1918. The RDFA fulfils its remit by organising public exhibitions, lectures, seminars, visits and the publication of a journal, Blue Cap. In 2005, the RDFA decided to place its archive with Dublin City Library & Archive, where it is available for public consultation in the Reading Room.
The Michael Healy Collection
The collection comprises a portion of the 1916 diary of the stained glass artist, painter and illustrator, Michael Healy (1873-1941); specifically it is the period from 20th April to 17th May which encompasses the days before the Rising, the event itself, and the aftermath.
New Urban Living Essays collection
Collection of essays entitled 'The Place Where I Live' that were written by primary school children in 6th class (11-13 years of age) between 2002 and 2004. The essays are taken from the larger collection New Urban Living that is archived with the Irish Qualitative Data Archive. The New Urban Living study sought to develop a rich account of civic and social life in four Irish suburbs in the greater Dublin area, namely; Leixlip in County Kildare, Lucan in County Dublin, Mullingar in County Westmeath and Ratoath in County Meath. The study areas were selected to capture differences in the nature and timing suburban development and in the relationships between suburbs and the metropolitan centre.
Women's Experiences of Labiaplasty
‘Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves: A Phenomenological Inquiry into the Experience of Labiaplasty' was a doctoral research project conducted at University College Dublin (UCD) from 2013-2017. It was funded by the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland 2015 Postgraduate Scholarship. The study explored women's experiences of labiaplasty, which is a newly emerged procedure in the field of cosmetic industry performed on external female genitalia to alter the appearance and address discomfort with clothing, exercise and intercourse. It investigated women's motivations for labiaplasty and the psychological, sexual and social outcomes postoperatively, including changes in women’s body image, physical functioning and sexual pleasure. In terms of methodology the project employed a creative application of feminist and social-psychological theories, and a qualitative phenomenological approach. Specifically, five in-depth interviews took place with adult women who underwent labiaplasty in the period 2012-2016 in the UK and South America. The participants resided in Ireland and the UK at the time of the interview.
The Teresa Deevy Archive
An archive of material by and related to the playwright Teresa Deevy, donated by her estate to Maynooth University.Teresa Deevy was born in Waterford in 1894 and her first staged play, ‘The Reapers’ debuted in the Abbey Theatre in 1930. Throughout that decade a number of her plays were produced by the Abbey. Deevy fell out favour with the national theatre by 1939 and from then on her writing was most likely to be performed for radio – though her work was frequently performed by a range of dramatic groups, both amateur and professional.While Teresa Deevy passed away in 1963 interest in her work has continued and even grown. Since 2010 the off-Broadway Mint Theatre has been engaged in ‘The Teresa Deevy Project’, reviving her plays to critical acclaim and publishing collected editions of her work.
Bailiúchán Sheáin Mhic Ghiollarnáth (Leathanaigh Thras-scríofa)
The ‘Transcribed Pages’ collection is part of the Seán Mac Giollarnáth digital collection which is available on DRI. This collection consists of machine-readable textual PDF files containing transcriptions of each individual page of each manuscript. Each transcribed page is stored as a separate digital object on DRI.
Seán Mac Giollarnáth was a renowned folklorist and writer. He compiled the manuscripts, the majority containing folklore material, while he was working as a district justice in Conamara between 1925 and 1950. The original manuscripts are currently held at NUI Galway in Ionad an Acadaimh, Carna.
Bailiúchán Sheáin Mhic Ghiollarnáth (Leathanaigh Scanta)
The ‘Scanned Manuscript Pages’ collection is part of the Seán Mac Giollarnáth digital collection which is available on DRI. This collection consists of PDF image files of each individual page of each manuscript. Each page is stored as a separate digital object on DRI.
Seán Mac Giollarnáth (1880-1970), folklorist and writer, compiled a renowned manuscript collection, mostly of folklore material, while he was district justice in Conamara (1925-1950). The original manuscripts are currently held at NUI Galway in Ionad an Acadaimh, Carna.
Bailiúchán Sheáin Mhic Ghiollarnáth (Lámhscríbhinní Scanta)
The ‘Scanned Manuscripts’ collection is part of the Seán Mac Giollarnáth digital collection which is available on DRI. This collection consists of PDF image files of each manuscript in its entirety. Each scanned manuscript is stored as a separate digital object on DRI. This collection also contains images of Seán Mac Giollarnáth, and of those who assisted him and recording local stories and folklore.Seán Mac Giollarnáth was a renowned folklorist and writer. He compiled the manuscripts, mostly containing folklore material, while he was working as a district justice in Conamara between 1925 and 1950. The original manuscripts are currently held at NUI Galway in Ionad an Acadaimh, Carna.
Bailiúchán Sheáin Mhic Ghiollarnáth (Lámhscríbhinní Tras-scríofa)
The ‘Transcribed Manuscripts' collection is part of the Seán Mac Giollarnáth digital collection which is available on DRI. This collection consists of machine-readable textual PDF files containing transcriptions of each manuscript in its entirety. Each transcribed manuscript is stored as a separate digital object on DRI.Seán Mac Giollarnáth was a renowned folklorist and writer. He compiled the manuscripts, mostly containing folklore material, while he was working as a district justice in Conamara between 1925 and 1950. The original manuscripts are currently held at NUI Galway in Ionad an Acadaimh, Carna.
Bailiúchán Raidió na Gaeltachta (Seán Mac Giollarnáth)
The Raidió na Gaeltachta Collection (Seán Mac Giollarnáth) draws together a selection of programmes from the Raidió na Gaeltachta archives about the life and work of Seán Mac Giollarnáth (1880-1970).Seán Mac Giollarnáth (1880-1970), folklorist and writer, compiled a renowned manuscript collection, mostly of folklore material, which he while he was district justice in Connemara (1925-1950). The original manuscripts are currently held at NUI Galway in Ionad an Acadaimh, Carna.
Life Histories and Social Change collection
Life Histories and Social Change is a large collection of qualitative life story interviews with three cohorts of Irish citizens, each of which reached adulthood in the crucial decades of the 1950s (an era of socio-economic decline), the 1970s (an era of initial 'modernisation') and in the 1990s (the 'Celtic Tiger' boom). The research was funded by the Irish Research Council and a total of 113 life history interviews were conducted by researchers from Maynooth University between 2006 and 2008. Of this number, 100 have been made available for re-use through the Irish Qualitative Data Archive as full-interview transcripts and as short, topic-focused audio clips.
Egan Gallery Collection
The Egan Gallery was located on Dublin's Ormond Quay, and later, on St. Stephen's Green. The archive provides a rare and unique primary document of the Irish art scene of the time and of the specific workings of this important exhibition space. The Daniel Egan Gallery Collection dates from 1855 to the 1920s and was donated to the Library by the Egan family in 1998, along with a type-written genealogy of the Egan family.
The Inspiring Ireland Project - Chester Beatty Library
A selection of cultural heritage objects from the Chester Beatty presented as part of the Inspiring Ireland project. The collection includes books, manuscripts, prints, and decorative arts from across the world and range in age from the 2nd to the 19th century. These items promote a wider appreciation and understanding of cultural heritage in Ireland and internationally and foster relations between Ireland and the peoples whose cultures are represented in the collections. The objects are also on display at http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie/.
The Inspiring Ireland Project - National Museum of Ireland
A selection of cultural heritage objects from the National Museum of Ireland presented as part of the Inspiring Ireland project. The collection includes clothing, sculpture, pottery and other objects from around Ireland, covering both the unique and the everyday. These items offer a valuable insight into the history and social life of Ireland from the 8th to the 20th century. The objects are also on display at http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie/.
The Inspiring Ireland Project - National Library of Ireland
A selection of cultural heritage objects from the National Library of Ireland presented as part of the Inspiring Ireland project. The collection includes photographs, prints, drawings, manuscripts, and ephemera from Ireland and by Irish artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. This collection offers a valuable insight into the history, culture and social life of Ireland during that era.
Inspiring Ireland 1916 - material curated in collaboration with the People's Collection of Wales
Items curated in collaboration with the People's Collection of Wales for inclusion in the project Frongoch: Recreating A Lost Landscape.
The Inspiring Ireland Project - National Gallery of Ireland
A selection of cultural heritage objects from the National Gallery of Ireland presented as part of the Inspiring Ireland project. The collection includes paintings, sketches, sculpture, and stained glass from Ireland and by Irish artists from the 18th to the 20th century. This collection offers a valuable insight into the history, culture and social life of Ireland during that era.
The Inspiring Ireland Project - National Archives of Ireland
A selection of cultural heritage objects from the National Archives of Ireland presented as part of the Inspiring Ireland project. The collection includes documents, manuscripts, photographs, posters, maps, and census records covering major events, political movements, policies, and personalities in Ireland from the 17th to the 20th century. This collection offers a valuable insight into the history and society of Ireland during that era. The objects are also on display at http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie/.
The Inspiring Ireland Project - RTÉ
A selection of cultural heritage objects from the national broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann presented as part of the Inspiring Ireland project. The collection includes audio and audio visual recordings from RTE Archives. This collection offers a valuable insight into the history, culture and social life of Ireland during that era. The objects are also on display at http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie/.
Inspiring Ireland 1916 - Public Memorabilia
As part of the Inspiring Ireland 1916 project, a number of collection days are being held across the country and abroad, allowing members of the public to bring in documents, objects and other material relating to the 1916 Easter Rising and tell the story attached to them. Items will be digitised and returned to their owners.This collection is made up of the digital objects created from the items donated by the public at those collection days. The items include personal correspondence, medals, souvenirs, pamphlets and postcards, ephemera and other personal memorabilia.
The Inspiring Ireland Project - Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
A selection of cultural heritage objects from the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) presented as part of the Inspiring Ireland project. The collection includes paintings, sculpture, film and installations. These items explore the ideas of space, identity, language, communication, conflict, consciousness, and other aspects of life and modern art, offering a unique insight into the culture and society of Ireland in the 20th and 21st centuries. The objects are also on display at http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie/.
Returning Irish Migrants collection: The career trajectories, self identities and re-settlement
Between July 1997 and March 1998 Prof. Mary Corcoran at Maynooth University conducted twenty-three in-depth interviews with returning Irish emigrants, mostly in the Dublin region (two were conducted in the midlands and one in the south-east). Seventeen of these interview transcripts have been deposited in the Irish Qualitative Data Archive and made available in the DRI as the Returning Irish Migrants collection. Stipulation for selection was that participants must have left Ireland in the 1980s and returned in the 1990s.
Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995) was a Nigerian writer, tv producer and activist.This archive includes 28 letters to Sister Majella and 3 files of Saro Wiwa's poetry. The importance of the archive is that it captures in rich detail the last two years of Saro-Wiwa's life and documents his transition from activist to political prisoner. The letters and poems record themes such as the on-going struggle to protect the Ogoni people, growing instability in Nigeria, Saro-wiwa's conditions during his detention, and the importance of his friendship with a nun from County Fermanagh, Sister Majella McCarron, during the final chapter in his life.
World Within Walls collection
The World Within Walls collection relates the histories and memories of the St. Davnet’s Campus psychiatric hospital in Monaghan town and is part of a wider local history project commissioned and funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and delivered by Stair: An Irish Public History company under the guidance of the HSE World Within Walls project reference group. The aim of the World Within Walls project is to remember St. Davnet's history and its evolution from District Asylum in 1869, to psychiatric hospital and now to its present role as a modern community mental health services campus. Since it's opening many people have lived and worked on the St. Davnet’s site as patients or staff. This collection captures a portion of the memories of these people, with the earliest interview covering what work was like in the 1930s. The collection also tracks the changes that have taken place since this time, reflecting changing attitudes to the treatment of mental health issues.
Excavations at Knowth
A major programme of archaeological excavation commenced on 18 June 1962 at the passage tomb cemetery at Knowth, Co Meath. This research excavation continued on a seasonal basis for more than 40 years, resulting in the excavation of a considerable area of the monument complex. Other work, such as geological investigations and topographical, electrical resistance and magnetometer surveying, is ongoing. Knowth is a multi-period and multi-functional archaeological complex. It is part of the ancient Brú na Bóinne complex that also includes Dowth and Newgrange and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Candidates, Campaigns and Tallymen: A Slice of Election Coverage
RTÉ Archives are responsible for collecting, preserving and making accessible the creative and documentary output of the nation broadcaster, combining hundreds of thousands of hours of moving image, sound, photographic and document archives.In 2013, RTÉ partnered with the Digital Repository of Ireland and the Insight Centre for Data analytics with the aim of building an innovative content discovery tool to enhance the search, discovery, re-purpose and exploitation of this rich audio-visual content.
The Second World War and Irish Women collection
The Second World War and Irish Women is a collection of twenty-three oral history interviews with Irish women in which they recount their experience of living though the Second World War/The Emergency between 1939 to 1945. Some of these testimonies are from women who worked in Belfast (a city at war); others are from women who worked in Dublin (a neutral city); while others are from women who chose to take up war work in Britain. Testimonies were collected by Dr Mary Muldowney between 1995 and 2006 and resulted in the book publication 'The Second World War and Irish Women: An Oral History' (Irish Academic Press, 2007).
Photographs of Dublin City Centre after the 1916 Rebellion
This is a collection of 40 photographs taken 17-18 May 1916 by Thomas Johnson Westropp, 1860-1922. Westropp placed them in an album entitled, ‘Ruined buildings in Dublin after the Sinn Fein rebellion, April-May 1916 by Thomas Westropp, photographed May 17th & 18th 1916’, which he presented to the Royal Irish Academy on 13 June 1916.
Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland
'Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland details how this unprecedented land and air survey of hidden Ireland rewards us with a more complete understanding of the natural history of this region. It tells an epic story of how Ireland’s geological past will sustain its future'. Professor Iain Stewart MBE
Between 2004 and 2013, €15 million of government and EU funding was spent on high-resolution, airborne geophysical and geochemical sampling surveys of Northern Ireland and the six northern counties of the Republic of Ireland. This book presents some of the findings of the first two stages of Tellus, the largest collaborative cross-border programme of geoscience surveys ever undertaken on the island of Ireland.
Clarke Stained Glass Studios Collection
The Clarke Stained Glass Studios Collection contains stained glass designs, colour schemes, opus sectile designs, architects' blueprints and plans, photographs, documentation about sales and orders, correspondence, financial records, staffing records, and research documentation related to stained glass work executed by the Clarke Studios, Dublin from 1893 to 1972. The bulk of the material covers the period after Harry Clarke's death in 1931.
Growing Up in Ireland (GUI)
Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) is the national longitudinal study of children in Ireland, launched in 2006. It is carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD). It is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and overseen by DCYA in association with the Central Statistics Office. The main aim of the study is to describe the status of two representative samples of children in Ireland and how they are developing in the current social, economic, and cultural environment. This information will be used to inform Government policy in relation to children, young people and families.
Digital Repository of Ireland Publications
Material published by the Digital Repository of Ireland including guidelines, reports, factsheets, policy documents, slides, conference proceedings.
Recall Initiative: from Memory and Life History, to Ireland and History
Reminiscence therapy (RT) for older adults has been shown to provide significant psychological and cognitive benefits for those who participate, but typically the content of these reminiscences is not recorded and therefore lost. For this project, semi-structured reminiscence interviews will directly probe memories from early life, childhood and adolescence in a group already engaged in RT, with these interviews recorded and archived. The content of archived reminiscences will be analysed by our interdisciplinary team of neuroscientists, historians, geographers, ethnographers and memory studies experts in order to explore the nature and construction of “cultural memory”, and to trace the transition from autobiographical to semantic memory.
The Inspiring Ireland Project - Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
A selection of cultural heritage objects from the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, presented as part of the Inspiring Ireland project. The collection includes paintings, sculpture, and crafts, including Irish landscapes, portraits, bronze sculpture, enamel design, and metal work. These items offer a unique insight into the history, mythology, culture, and social life of Ireland from the 18th to the 21st century. The objects are also on display at http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie/.
The Inspiring Ireland Project - Abbey Theatre
A selection of cultural heritage objects from the Abbey Theatre presented as part of the Inspiring Ireland project. The collection includes photographs, programmes, manuscripts, and sketches from the Abbey Theatre. These items, covering the period from 1902 to 2010, offer a valuable insight into the Irish theatre and arts, the history and social life of Ireland throughout the 20th century, as well as the reach and influence of Irish theatre abroad. The objects are also on display at http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie/.
Letters of 1916: A Year in a Life
The Letters of 1916 project is the first public humanities project in Ireland. It is creating a crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising. Our collection spans over 2000 letters relating to various topics, including literature and art, the Great War, politics, business, and ordinary life. Through these letters we are bringing to life the written words, the last words, the unspoken words, and the forgotten words. We are creating an online collection for the public, created by the public, which will add a new perspective to the events of the period, a confidential and intimate glimpse into early 20th Century life in Ireland, as well as how Irish politics was viewed internationally
Dublin City Electoral Lists
The original Dublin City Electoral Lists are in printed format and are held at Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. The Electoral Lists were maintained by Dublin City Council (then Dublin Corporation) on an annual basis in the Town Clerk's Department at City Hall. The two officials who carried out this work during this period were Stephen J. Hand, a general office assistant who was responsible for all matters relating to the franchise list, and James J. Henry, assistant to the Town Clerk, to whom Hand reported. Each Electoral List was printed and bound by Cahill & Co., Great Charles Street, Dublin; the Electoral List was then issued on 31st December and was valid for the following calendar year.