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    Irish World Heritage Centre: 27 September 2008

    By Noreen Bowden | August 6, 2008

    Out of the Archives

    The Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester has announced its annual One Day Conference will take place at the Irish World Heritage Centre on Saturday the 27th of September.

    Organisers say:

    The theme of the conference this year is ‘Out of the Archives’ and we plan to take a look at key events and key figures in Irish history, with a view to reassessing long-held historical interpretations of past events. The day will consist of four lectures on this topic. All of the speakers will have an interest in disseminating information gathered from first hand accounts of historical events, previously unpublished historical documents or newly presented information.

    The ways in which researchers disseminate information varies and these processes will be examined in the course of the day. For example, Annie Ryan, author of ‘Witnesses – Inside the Easter Rising’ will speak about her work on the collection of first hand accounts of the Easter Rising and the Irish War of Independence, which are held in the Irish Military Archives, and the work involved in preparing this information to be published in book form.

    Sinéad McCoole is a historian, author, broadcaster, script-writer and exhibition curator. In May 2005 the most impressive private library of Irish material anywhere in the world was discovered in Mayo.

    The remarkable discovery instigated by the library division of Mayo County Council is a milestone in Irish cultural history. The Jackie Clarke Library and Archives will is a vast collection of items dating from 1617-2000. Remarkable not least because it is one man’s collection, Jackie Clarke (1928-2000) collect this material over his lifetime, starting in his youth and continuing until the year of his death in 2000.

    In her talk Sinéad will explore the ideals of the man behind the collection. As always, there will also a bookstall and exhibition on display at the conference.

    We will send out programmes and booking forms closer to the date but if you are interested in attending, please let us know by contacting Margot Ryan on 0161 202 1200 or e-mail:

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