Galway County Council website wins national award for commemoration

The National Library of Ireland (NLI ) has announced that Galway County Council’s website Decade of Commemoration was one of the ten winning websites, chosen by the public, which they believe best record Irish life in 2016 and remember the events of 1916. The websites will be preserved in the NLI’s National Web Archive and were announced by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, at an award ceremony in the Library’s historic Kildare Street.

‘Remembering 1916, Recording 2016’ is the NLI’s largest and most ambitious web archiving project to date, with over 600 websites archived this year which can be accessed openly online, anywhere in the world. The project is part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme and NLI 2016, the commemorative programme in the National Library, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

The websites chosen by the public range from exhibition-focused and commemorative websites to group blogs, national media outlets and online-only news publications, to satirical websites and independent, non-profit online outlets run by volunteers and local historical groups.

Speaking about the award Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer said, ‘Galway County Council is delighted that Galway Decade of Commemoration website was presented with this award and is honoured that the website will be preserved in the National Library of Ireland’s National Web Archive’. She also paid tribute to the National Museum of Ireland and the communities and people of the county who have partnered with Galway County Council in developing this important heritage resource .

Announcing the winners, Dr Sandra Collins, Director of the NLI said: “We are thrilled to announce the ‘Remembering 1916, Recording 2016’ winning websites today and would like to thank people for voting and being involved in this community collection activity with the National Library of Ireland. Websites are a hugely important source of information today, with much of the story of Ireland now created in digital format. It’s crucial that we recognise the vulnerability of Irish heritage online and preserve the digital memory of Ireland. People selected these websites as a record of this momentous year and we are delighted that we can archive these modern Irish memories for now and future generations to share”.

Top ten websites chosen by public vote

The Web Archive Awards today represent those websites chosen by the public, which they believe best remember the events of 1916, and also those which best record Irish life in 2016.

The websites chosen by the public which they feel best remember 1916 are as follows:

Galway: Decade of Commemoration

Century Ireland

Westport/Cathair na Mart

Rotunda: Birth Of A Nation 1916

Come Here To Me!

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