The COVID-19 crisis has rapidly changed how artists present their work and reach audiences.
With science and technology, our capacity to create, to innovate, and to share our culture and heritage has never been greater.
Our culture has never been more diverse, more able to draw on the many traditions of our island, our continent, and our world.
The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is working with key stakeholders – the National Cultural Institutions, the Arts Council, Screen Ireland, RTÉ and TG4 – to ensure that the best of our artistic, cultural and creative resources remain available to the public in the days and weeks ahead.
The department wants to continue to support artists and other cultural workers to share the fruits of their labour with their fellow citizens, albeit in a very different way and is progressing a number of new initiatives, such as:
partnering with RTÉ, TG4 and others to bring a broad range of cultural, heritage and language content to the public from archive and new sources in partnership with organisations such as Druid and Other Voices
Abbey Theatre commissioning writing and performance of 50 new monologues during April
a new Creative Ireland partnership with Healthy Ireland to promote wellbeing and creativity, including sharing of new Design & Crafts Council Ireland online resources to engage young people and adults in home-based making activities
TG4 to partner with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann for a reimagined Fleadh Ceoil and TG4 Molscéal to showcase language based Arts and stories from Gaeltacht communities in collaboration with Ealaín na Gaeltachta, TechSpace and others
Many community groups, cultural organisations and individuals have already responded to the situation and have re-purposed many of their work programmes to facilitate online access.
As so many of our people will be staying at home in these coming weeks, we would like to highlight many of the online resources available to them. This trying time may be a moment in which people rediscover their love of the Irish language.
It may be a time to uncover some of the treasures in our national collections preserved in our National Cultural Institutions.
We are bringing these resources together below so that people can easily see and access what is available to them. The list below is not exhaustive, some items are still in development and others will be added in the coming days and weeks.
Irish Language and Gaeltacht
This section details the Irish language resources available online.
Dúchas.ie are inviting users of the site to transcribe, on a voluntary basis, the stories that were collected as part of the Schools’ Collection. Dúchas.ie hopes that this work will increase community participation in the project and make the material more accessible.
Log in here to access the online TechSpace Members area and download resources, guides, programmes and more! Access other TechSpace Educators and see if there are any inspiring projects happening near you.
Logainm.ie are inviting the public to enter Irish and English names, as well as other data, regarding minor placenames on this website. This is an opportunity for people to preserve and share the minor placenames in their native areas.
Trinity College are working on speech recognition for Irish (think, for example, of Alexa). To achieve this they need as many recordings as possible. It would be of great help to them if you could record a couple of sentences.
An tOireachtas's literary competition includes 23 different competitions this year - 15 directed at adult writers and 8 directed at young writers. The syllabus covers a broad range of genres, including; novels, short stories, fiction for adult learners, prose, poetry, drama and more.
Edcite As Gaeilge is an initiative to share a bank of Irish digital resources with teachers. This initiative has developed 200+ digital tasks that can be used in the classroom as well as two translated educational platforms: Edcite.com and PhET science simulations into Irish. All materials are free and available for primary and secondary teachers to use in their classrooms.
Videos and lessons for Irish language learners. During the school term, video clips featuring from Nuacht TG4’s bulletins are uploaded on the platform, along with Irish language lessons based on the news reports.
A collection of digital resources and activities is available on the site. The course compliments the primary curriculum – Irish language. It is based on the communicative approach and combines four skills – speech, listening, reading and writing.
Corpas Stairiúil na Gaeilge and Historical Irish Corpus
You can search here for words and phrases in a range of over 3000 texts published in Irish between 1600 and 1926. Search results can be selected and words and phrases can be read in the context in which they were originally written.
The Seó Bóthair roadshow is an interactive workshop which makes use of games, discussion and debates to promote the Irish language in a positive way. We discuss where Irish can be used and discuss their language rights. Conradh na Gaeilge are developing an online interactive seminar for the weeks ahead, available free. Teachers can register here.
An audiovisual educational tool developed for Irish language learners of all levels to help develop their language skills. Lessons are based on video clips from TG4's programming, and are based on topics included in the Leaving Cert syllabus. Available free online.
The Be Prepared Grant is available to Údarás na Gaeltachta clients (microenterprises, small and medium businesses) who would benefit from additional research and external expertise in preparing a contingency plan in relation to Covid-19 and examine how to reduce risk, manage cashflows, human resources and marketing. This support grant is up to €5,000 or 50% of the total cost.
The Act On Initiative support will be available to Údarás na Gaeltachta's client companies which export and whose businesses will be affected by the virus. It will provide access to 2 days consultancy engagement at no extra cost to assess financial management, strategic sourcing and transport and logistics advice.
Finance in Focus offers Údarás na Gaeltachta's clients funding of up to €7,200 to cover third party consultant’s fees. The grant supports the development of a financial and business plan that identifies funding needs and potential sources of funding.
Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta, supported by An Comhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta, are compiling a special book focussed on sixth class students, which will be published before the end of this school year.
Sixth class students from Gaeltacht schools around the country are invited to submit their own written pieces, focusing on themes relating to the years they have spent in primary school. A copy of the book will be made available to each student and school involved in the project.
The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is running an online children's art competition. Each week we will announce a nature topic on the Notice Nature Facebook page as inspiration for the art pieces.
Lectures and talks to be provided by 10 different speakers online, focusing on different aspects of our heritage.
Stories from the Bog
Everybody in Ireland has a bog story to tell, so now that families are gathered together, here is your chance! The Living Bog project is asking young people to record their family’s memories of the bog – whether it was helping grandad cut the turf, or investigating rare plants and animals, chasing butterflies or watching birds. The Living Bog website will publish the best stories, and a selection of young story-tellers will be invited to read their story at a national Living Bog event during Heritage Week.
[external-link www.facebook.com/LIFEraisedbogs | Click here to visit Stories from the Bog ]
Thatch 'n' Tin
A social media-based series on the Built Vernacular Heritage of Ireland.
People are invited to send in photos of their bakery constructions in a weekly competition held on Facebook.
Bog of the Week
A social media campaign that shares images and facts on our bogs.
[external-link www.facebook.com/LIFEraisedbogs | Click here to visit Bog of the Week ]
Work on the Dublin North City Suburbs book is underway. Photographs of buildings will be posted daily, with users asked to caption it. The best captions will be used in the book, the authors will be credited in the final publication, get a free copy and be invited to the official launch. We also invite users to submit their own images of buildings of note in the area.
Release of appropriate National Monuments Service archive material with stories about Ireland’s past. This would include informative posts on some of our collections such as the Topographical Files, site files, O.S. 1st Edition maps, and also preservation techniques and stories of historical interest.
The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will continue to publish our monument, building and shipwreck of the month on our social media channels.
Monument images from 1950
The National Monuments Service will publish images from Rathmichael Historical Society. There are large prints of monuments taken by then department photographer Jim Banbury - the prints are about 70 years old and were exhibited around Europe at the time.
The Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme supports initiatives by local peatland communities, local groups, local schools and individuals in relation to the conservation and revitalisation of raised bog Special Areas of Conservation, Natural Heritage Areas and other raised bog areas.
Heritage in Schools expert will record video about flowers and explanations about each flower. Heritage in Schools expert will develop a series of videos helping children to draw different species of birds.
A large amount of virtual tours and 360 walkthroughs can be accessed here.
A large archive of prior Other Voices performances can be accessed here.
Galway County Council
A portal for over 40 heritage groups in County Galway who have digitised various aspects of their local heritage can be accessed here.
Irish Museums Association
The #IrishMuseumsOnline campaign is aimed at helping the wider public and the media to connect with the work you going on in Museums.
Get Ireland Making
As part of co-ordinated activities, DCCI plans to launch a ‘Get Ireland Making’ initiative which will invite our clients and member organisations to develop content for a series of online activities, video interviews and live classes.
The Irish Design Challenge 2020, a competition that invites proposals from Ireland’s smartest designers and innovators who are driven to find solutions to the current challenges presented by COVID-19. The initiative will profile Irelands ‘hero companies’ who use design and innovation to problem-solve on a daily basis.
Children’s literature with Tall Tales & Deadly Drawings can be accessed here.
Kildare County Council
Colouring Kildare's Heritage an Online Colouring Book can be accessed here.
National Print Museum
Virtual tours, digital exhibitions and online resources for children are available here.
Crawford Art Gallery
You can learn more about exhibitions in the Crawford Art Gallery on their website.
They also have resources available for children and their parents, young people, students, teachers as well as community groups.
Comhaltas Live is a daily programme, accessible to all free of charge, on the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann website featuring the best of Irish music, song and dance. available to view here.
Online Music Programme for Music Students
Comhaltas have launched an online resource for all students of traditional Irish music at all levels to learn repertoire.
Cruinniú na nÓg is Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people under the age of 18. Online supports and resources are being provided by the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Áirc Damhsa, The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Great Lighthouses of Ireland, Fighting Words, Whizz Kids Training and RTÉ to enable children and young people to unleash their creativity.
Galway City Museum have many resources that you can use to explore their collections from your home. Visit their past exhibitions and galleries; listen to their podcasts and explore of some of their artefacts.
The National Archives' Decade of Centenaries website charts the historical development of Ireland from 1912 to 1923, a decade which was the most turbulent and transformative experienced by Ireland in the 20th century.