Our Partners

Inspiring Ireland is a large scale, unprecedented collaborative project between the Digital Repository of Ireland, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Office of Diaspora Affairs, and eight of Ireland’s national cultural institutions. Visit the partner sites below:

Digital Repository of Ireland

Digital Repository of Ireland

The DRI is a national trusted digital repository for Ireland's social and cultural data that links together and preserves both historical and contemporary data held by Irish institutions. Acting as a focal point for the development of national guidelines and policy for digital preservation and access, the DRI provides a central internet access point and interactive multimedia tools.

The Digital Repository of Ireland is built by a research consortium of six academic partners: the Royal Irish Academy (lead institute), National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), and National College of Art and Design (NCAD).

DRI gratefully acknowledges funding from HEA PRTLI Cycle 5 funds (the Higher Education Authority, Ireland's EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007-2013, European Regional Development Fund, Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation), from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, from Science Foundation Ireland, from the Irish Research Council, and from the European Commission's Framework Programme.

Visit the Digital Repository of Ireland

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

The Irish Government’s Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht oversees the conservation, preservation, protection and presentation of Ireland's heritage and cultural assets. The Department also seeks to promote the Irish language and to support the Gaeltacht. One of its key functions is to support arts, culture, film and music, as well as to oversee Ireland's cultural institutions. The Department acknowledges the fine art and cultural heritage of the country by providing the capital infrastructure for the National Cultural Institutions, as well as influencing the development of the private sector cultural industry through appropriate financial support for projects supporting the cultural infrastructure in Ireland.

Visit the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Office of the Minister for Diaspora Affairs

Office of the Minister for Diaspora Affairs

Minister for Diaspora Affairs

Jimmy Deenihan TD was appointed as Ireland's first ever Minister for Diaspora Affairs at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs and Trade in July, 2014.  The role of the Minister is to drive implementation of Global Irish:  Ireland's Diaspora Policy - the first comprehensive statement of Government of Ireland policy on the diaspora.  It recognises that Ireland has a unique and important relationship with its diaspora that must be nurtured and developed and recognises the important role that culture plays in building these connections.  The Minister supports a range of initiatives designed to develop and deepen diaspora engagement.
 

Visit the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs

Ireland 2016

Ireland 2016

The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme is underpinned by five intersecting and overlapping themes – Remembering, Reconciling, Presenting, Imagining and Celebrating.

The Programme will remember the events of 1916 in the full context of Ireland's history and will honour the people whose courage and idealism inspired a nation.

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Abbey Theatre

Abbey Theatre, a partner of Inspiring Ireland

Abbey Theatre

Over the years, the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre has premiered the work of major Irish playwrights such as Marina Carr, Frank Mc Guinness, Tom Murphy and a new generation of writers including Stacey Gregg, Nancy Harris and Elaine Murphy.  Our mission is to reflect and engage with Irish society through theatre. In our 110th year, the vision of our founders W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory is alive and well. Our artistic programme of classic and new theatre and Education and Community programme provides a platform for debate and inspiration for generations of theatre lovers.  Our archive provides a fascinating into the development of Irish theatre and Irish life from 1904 onwards.

Visit the Abbey Theatre Archives

Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty Library, a partner of Inspiring Ireland

Chester Beatty Library

With free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinerary.  As the only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum of the Year', the library's rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. 

Manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts complete this amazing collection - all the result of the collecting activities of one man - Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968).  Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights on display. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day.

Visit the Chester Beatty Library

Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Gallery, a partner of Inspiring Ireland

Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery, a National Cultural Institution, is dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. Located in the heart of Cork city, the Gallery welcomes over 200,000 visitors a year The permanent collection comprises over 2000 works, ranging from eighteenth century Irish and European painting and sculpture, to contemporary video installations, and includes Greek and Roman sculpture casts from the Vatican Museum in Rome. The collection is particularly strong in Irish art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Crawford Gallery is committed to fostering critical assessment, and acknowledgement of historical and contemporary art practice.

Visit the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Irish Museum of Modern Art, a partner of Inspiring Ireland

Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) aims in all its activities to create for the public an enjoyable and engaging experience of contemporary art. It achieves this through a dynamic and changing programme of exhibitions and education programmes based in its home at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and working with partners nationally and internationally.  As the national institution for contemporary art IMMA is committed to supporting artists’ work, and works with artists and partners to support the development, understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art in Ireland.

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National Archives of Ireland

National Archives of Ireland, a partner of Inspiring Ireland

National Archives of Ireland

Occupying a key position in the cultural and intellectual life of the nation, the National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish State which document its historical evolution and the creation of our national identity.

In keeping with our Mission Statement, we secure the preservation of records relating to Ireland which warrant preservation as archives and ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for public access to archives.

Our holdings relate to all parts of Ireland and have enormous research potential as they provide essential primary source material for people seeking to understand the political, economic and social forces which have shaped our nation. The records also permit the study of Government policy and encourage greater use of our archival heritage by the general public.

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National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland, a partner of Inspiring Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland houses over 15,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper, dating from the early thirteenth century to the twentieth century. The collection boasts an impressive range of masterpieces by artists from the major European schools as well as the world's most comprehensive collection of Irish art. Established by an Act of Parliament in 1854, the Gallery has increased in size over the years with the addition of new wings (in 1903, 1968 and 2002). In 2011, a new Master Development Plan commenced which is scheduled for completion in 2016. More information can be found on the National Gallery website.

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National Library of Ireland

National Library, a partner of Inspiring Ireland

National Library of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland collects and shares more than ten million published, visual and manuscript treasures. It welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors to Kildare Street each year, and increasingly makes its collections available to everyone online.

It is the key source for Ireland's national and international literary heritage, and also holds vast archives of letters, diaries, and drawings. Together with more than 4 million Irish photographs - the largest such collection in the world - these riches all help to tell the evolving story of the nation, at home and abroad.

Visit the National Library of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland

National Museum, a partner of Inspiring Ireland

National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland is the custodian of Ireland’s portable heritage, including archaeology, decorative and applied arts, history, ethnography, folklife and natural history. Established in 1877, the museum includes the scientific collections of the Royal Dublin Society and the collection of antiquities assembled by the Royal Irish Academy amongst over 4 million objects in its care.

The organisation aims to be an outward-looking, people-focused and creative national museum. It is our mission to collect, care for, manage and interpret the collections we hold in trust and make them accessible to everyone for inspiration, learning and enjoyment.

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RTÉ Archives

RTÉ Archives

RTÉ Archives is home to Ireland’s largest collection of audiovisual material. Combining hundreds of thousands of hours of moving image and sound recordings together with significant collections of photographs, manuscripts and administrative documents.