Irish Projects

Cuímhneamh an Chláir

Cuímhneamh an Chláir (Clare Memories) is an independent, not-for-profit, community based organisation that aims to record, document, archive and share the memories, experiences, customs, traditions and practices that characterise County Clare.

1913 Alternative Visions Oral History Group

This is a group of trade union members who are carrying out oral history interviews to retrieve stories of the 1913 Dublin Lockout and to examine the legacy of this seminal event in Irish history. The group will be producing a book in time for the centenary of the Lockout, to be edited by Mary Muldowney and Ida Milne.

GAA Oral History Project

This project was based in Boston College Ireland and was set up as part of the GAA’s 125th anniversary celebrations. The project collected interviews from all round Ireland, aiming to record what the GAA means to the Irish people, in their own words.

Cork Folklore Project

The Cork Folklore Project was founded as a non-profit community research archive collecting folklore and oral histories, and preserves a record of the rich traditions of Cork City’s Northside communities.

The Peace Process: Layers of Meaning

This project involves the collection and storage of interviews of the recollections and views of key figures in the peace process.

Co. Louth Oral History Archive

In 2005, Louth County Archives Service established a County Oral History Archive collection. It collected oral histories from across the whole spectrum of Louth society. A second project, the Cross Border Archives Project, was carried out in 2007-8. All of this material is now stored in the County Archives Service.

Co. Wexford Oral History Programme Podcasts

Since 2008, over 130 people around the county have been interviewed, and the recordings are now available as podcasts, and from all county libraries. Many aspects of local life, such as school and childhood, work, trades and crafts, fairs and festivals, have been preserved.

International Organisations And Projects

Oral History Society

The Oral History Society promotes the collection, preservation and use of recorded memories of the past in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Oral History Association

Since 1966, the Oral History Association in the United States has served as the principal membership organization for people committed to the value of oral history. OHA engages with policy makers, educators, and others to help foster best practices and encourage support for oral history and oral historians. With an international membership, OHA serves a broad and diverse audience including teachers, students, community historians, archivists, librarians, and filmmakers.

International Oral History Association

The International Oral History Association. is a professional association established to provide a forum for oral historians around the world, and a means for cooperation among those concerned with the documentation of human experience. IOHA seeks to stimulate research that uses the techniques of oral history and to promote the development of standards and principles for individuals, institutions and agencies (both public and private) who have the responsibility for the collection and preservation of historical information gathered through the techniques of oral histories, in all forms. Through international conferences, collaborative networks, and support for national oral history organizations, IOHA seeks to foster a better understanding of the democratic nature and value of oral history worldwide.

Worcester Women’s Oral History Project

The WWOHP aims to record, collect, and share the personal and historical memories of women throughout the broader Worcester, Massachusetts community. The project focuses on the four areas that characterized the spirit of the first National Woman’s Rights Convention held in Worcester in 1850: Work, Education, Health, and Politics. These four themes still resonate strongly with today’s Central Massachusetts women, who continue to make history in their everyday lives.

Carolyn Shadid Lewis

Carolyn Shadid Lewis is a young American artist and filmmaker who uses oral history interviews extensively in her work. She is currently developing a project in Ireland called “Seams” which will be a feature length film based on two Irish women telling stories of their lives and work during the Second World War.

Other Useful Oral History Organisations / Websites

H-Oralhist is a network for scholars and professionals active in studies related to oral history. It is an important medium for the discussion of oral history issues and research, and is a great place for oral historians to connect with others who share their interests and to find the latest news, events, research, and resources.

The British Library Sound Archive collects audio and videotaped interviews and carries out its own programme of life story recordings.

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives was established to function as a medium for international co-operation between archives that preserve recorded sound and audiovisual documents.