News Digest: February 2018.

What will Project Ireland 2040 mean for culture and heritage?

Opinion: the plan intends €1.4 billion to be spent enhancing amenities and heritage, so does this show a seriousness about protecting our cultural institutions and historic buildings?


Petition to Release the 1926 Irish Census. 

Following the publication of the National Archives (Amendment) Bill 2017the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO) is calling on the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, and Heritage Minister, Josepha Madigan TD, to renew the commitment of the previous government to the early release of the original 1926 Census returns.

The 1926 Census is not due for release until 2027.

Black 47: The Famine on film – it’s only taken 170 years.

‘Black 47’, Lance Daly’s film that addresses one of the most traumatic periods in Irish history, is a story that has barely registered on the big screen before: 


Travellers to celebrate the anniversary of ethnic status in Dublin.

Free events highlighting Traveller culture, will be held on 1st March 2018, in the RHK Dublin. The event will include a talk on tracing Irish family history, delivered by Dr. Sandra Collins, Director of the NLI; An exhibition of Irish Traveller surnames common to geographical areas, mapped displays and family trees; National Folklore collection including Traveller songs, music and stories; Ed Gilbers (Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland) on what genetics tell us about Traveller origins.

Frances Black will headline and the event will includeTraveller music, drama, cinema, historical talks and photographic exhibitions as well as special children’s activities:

Full programme available here:




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