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Ireland - Texts and Contexts

The following represents a selection of projects currently underway within the 'Ireland - Texts and Contexts' research theme at Trinity College Dublin.

1641 Depositions

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This multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary research project aims to transcribe and digitise the 1641 Depositions, a unique manuscript collection, held in the TCD Library.  The collection comprises 3,400 depositions, examinations and associated materials (approximately 19,000 pages) in which Protestant men and women of all classes tell of their experiences following the outbreak of the rebellion by the Catholic Irish in October 1641. This pioneering project will not only unlock a significant historical resource, it will also apply cutting-edge technology through its unique collaboration with IBM, to structure and lend meaning to a large data corpus, thereby capturing the subtle processes by which our project team discern the meaning of documents. 

Dr Michael O’Siochru and Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, School of Histories and Humanities; Professor Vincent Wade, School of Computer Science and Statistics

This project has received funding from the Trinity College Library Dublin, the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK.

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ECLRNI: The Eighteenth-Century Literature Research Network in Ireland

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This network was set up in late 2006 to foster closer links between those working – whether as teachers or graduate students - in third-level departments of English throughout the island.  To date, the ECLRNI has over 60 members, from all universities, as well as other third-level institutions and research libraries, in both jurisdictions.  The Network held three meetings during 2007: a symposium on the state of eighteenth-century literary studies in Ireland (3 February in TCD); a business meeting (16 June in Queen’s University Belfast); and a second research symposium (17 November at Lucan House). The third ECLRNI research symposium took place in the conference room of the Dublin Public Library and Archive, Pearse Street on 1 March 2008.

Professor Ian Campbell Ross, School of English

This project has received funding from the Long Room Hub Research Initiative Scheme, which in turn is funded by the Higher Education Authority under PRTLI IV.

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The Pollard Collection of Children's Literature

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The Pollard Collection consists of 10,000 children’s books across four centuries, but it currently remains uncatalogued.  As a first step towards towards making the Pollard Collection into  a usable research resource, the Long Room Hub is supporting a collaborative project which will carry out a preservation survey on the collection, identify academic themes for research and facilitate its cataloguing.  In this manner, the Pollard collection can become a fundamental infrastructure for new research in children’s literature, with an eye to the nascent TCD MPhil in the history of the children’s book.  This pilot project will also lay the foundations for a long-term partnership with the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and initiate formal networking between postgraduates and staff at the institutions concerned.

Dr Amanda Piesse, School of English; Dr Charles Benson, Library

This project has received funding from the Long Room Hub Research Initiative Scheme, which in turn is funded by the Higher Education Authority under PRTLI IV.

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Bridge-IT Project

The Bridge-IT project will produce an interactive, multimedia online digital resource on the subject of ageing, a new departure in the communication of academic research using eHumanities expertise, tools and technologies. The project will create ‘living history’: breathing life into raw data and primary source material that is voice-centred and creative.   This digital resource for researchers in ageing and social gerontology from multiple disciplines will also simultaneously serve as an interactive connection point for older people who will be able to engage with the content. The project will explore the frontiers of human-centred computing and social networking through investigation of the use of adaptive hypermedia, visualisation, user-generated content, online communities.

Dr Maryann Valiulis, School of Histories and Humanities; The Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies; Niamh Brennan, Library; Dr Linda Doyle, School of Engineering; Dr Amanda Piesse, School of English

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The Centre has received funding from the Long Room Hub Murphy Innovation Scheme.

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Crookshank-Glin Collection Cataloguing and Digitisation Project

Crookshank-Glin Collection Cataloguing and Digitisation Project

The Crookshank-Glin Collection was generated over a period of approximately 40 years by Anne Crookshank, Professor Emeritus of History of Art, Trinity College, and Desmond Fitzgerald, Knight of Glin. In 2002, the collection was donated to Trinity College Dublin, and it is now administered by TRIARC, the Irish Art Research Centre which was founded in the following year. The Crookshank-Glin Collection comprises material relating to Irish art, in particular painting, between the 17th century and the early 20th century. It includes a diverse collection of approximately 45,000 photographic images in various formats, correspondence, research notes, books, exhibition catalogues and a small number of original art works. The Crookshank-Glin image collection is the cornerstone of TRIARC's expanding visual archive which holds the largest such collection of Irish painting in Ireland, and probably in the world.

The project to catalogue the collection with a view to digitisation has been funded by the Getty Institute.

Dr. Yvonne Scott, Director, Irish Art Research Centre.

Dr. Rachel Moss, Archive Manager and Lecturer, Irish Art Research Centre.

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Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies

The Centre was established in 1999 to manage a number of research projects in the field of Irish-Scottish Studies, following receipt of major funding under Higher Education Authority’s PRTLI initiative. The Centre has pioneered team-based collaborative research and  provided invaluable training for a cohort of exceptional young scholars. The Centre hosts more than 25 projects grouped into 6 Research Clusters:  Medieval Ireland, Scotland and Europe; National Literatures; The World of Print; Ireland and Empire; Language and Translation; The Seventeenth-Century Origins of Modern Ireland. A number of the research projects featured elsewhere in this brochure are also affiliated with the Centre.

Professor David Dickson, School of Histories and Humanities

Projects affiliated with the Centre have received funding from the Higher Education Authority or the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Irish Military Migration

Irish military migration to Spain and France

The project aims to construct a set of relational databases of the surviving records of Irish enlistment in the French, Austrian and Spanish armies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; to publish this data electronically; and to foster research on the data both by the team and other scholars. With over 26,000 nominal entries gathered, the databases were made available online in the summer of 2006. Following this, two new projects will to build: [a] a comparative study of the Irish officers in the armies of Bourbon France and Bourbon Spain in the eighteenth century, and of the wider careers of these military families within the Bourbon empires in Europe and the Americas, a project designed to exploit the remarkably rich biographical information on these elites; and [b] a study of Irishmen in the French and Spanish navy in the eighteenth century.

Professor Ciaran Brady, School of Histories and Humanities

This project has been funded by the Higher Education Authority and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Irish Film & TV Research Online

Irish Film Research Project

Launched in 2006, the project website has catalogued 40,000 fiction and non-fiction films and major television productions made in Ireland and about Ireland and the Irish. In 2007, further funding was obtained from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences to add to the website the complete catalogue of the decisions of the Irish film censor's office, over 50,000 records which are now housed at the National Archives of Ireland. The project also seeks to make available on the website digitized versions of paper records relating to Irish film and full motion pictures. Irish Film & TV Research Online is part of the School of Drama, Film and Music’s long term project, the Digital Archives of Irish Film, Music and Theatre.

Prof. Kevin Rockett, School of Drama, Film and Music

This project has been funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Higher Education Authority, and the Irish Film Board.

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Irish Chancery Project

Irish Chancery Project

The Irish Chancery Project seeks to reconstruct the records of the medieval Irish chancery, which were destroyed by the explosion and fire at the Four Courts in 1922. In the absence of the original rolls of chancery, the project team is drawing on copies, antiquarian transcripts and calendars ranging in date from the 14th to the 19th centuries and surviving in repositories in Ireland, England and North America. The result will be a new Calendar of Irish Chancery Letters, c.12441509 (known as CIRCLE), which will be published on the web. The publication of CIRCLE in June 2011 will do much to revitalize late medieval Irish studies by providing both specialist researchers and the general public with ready access to an unparalleled source of information for the first time. The project’s ancillary publications seek to set the medieval Irish experience of colonialism in a wider comparative framework. To mark the launch of CIRCLE, a major international conference will be held at Trinity College, Dublin (16–18 June 2011) on the theme of ‘Empires and Bureaucracy in European History’.

Investigators: Dr Katharine Simms, Dr Peter Crooks, Dr David Ditchburn (School of Humanities and Histories)

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This project is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Funding Bodies

Ireland EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007 – 2013, European Regional Development Fund, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, HEA, Trinity College Dublin, and

Last updated 8 March 2016 by Trinity Long Room Hub (Email) .