About Century Ireland
The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.
Century Ireland is published on a fortnightly basis, beginning in May 2013, and is the main online portal for the Irish decade of commemorations, 1912-23.
News reporting on life in Ireland 100 years ago is supported by a wealth of visual, archival and contextual material to facilitate an understanding of the complexities of Irish life in the year between 1912 and 1923.
Century Ireland is produced by a team of researchers at Boston College Ireland and the project is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Century Ireland is hosted by RTÉ and the site is complimented by their broadcast schedule and material from the RTÉ archives.
At the core of Century Ireland is a collaborative partnership between the major cultural and educational institutions in Ireland. By working so fruitfully together, the various partners are making a range of rarely (or never) seen material available that will bring the events of a century ago to life. Century Ireland was awarded an Eircom Spider award for best Irish Arts, Culture & Heritage website in 2013 and shortlisted for a prestigious Prix Europa, one of the biggest international prizes for public service television, radio and online production.
In 2015 Century Ireland's online Gallipoli Exhibition earned the project another eir Spider award - this time for Best in News, Publishing and Entertainment - as well as a Realex Payments Web Award for Best Arts and Culture Website.The following year, Century Ireland chosen by popular vote as one of the websites that best remember the events of 1916. The ‘Remember 1916 Recording 2016' project was run by the National Library of Ireland and aimed to identify the five websites that best reflected Ireland 100 years ago and five that record the Ireland of today. The certificate hangs proudly on our wall.
The Century Ireland team comprises:
Professor Mike Cronin (Project Director)
Mark Duncan (Project Director)
Dr Paul Rouse (Project Director)
Alyson Gray (Research and Production)
Ben Shorten (Research and Production)
Ed Mulhall (Editorial Advisor)
Catríona Crowe (Archival Advisor)
National Library of Ireland
National Archives of Ireland
National Museum of Ireland
National Gallery of Ireland
Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane
Dublin City Library and Archives
University College Dublin
Dictionary of Irish Biography
IFI Irish Film Archive
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Century Ireland was formally launched on 7 May 2013 at Government buildings by then Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan. View here the RTE Six-One and Nine O’Clock news coverage of the event.
Listen to former Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan and Prof. Mike Cronin of Boston College discuss the launch of Century Ireland on Today with Pat Kenny, RTE Radio 1, 7 May 2013.
On the 12 May 2013, the launch of the Century Ireland was the subject of a special edition of The History Show on RTE Radio 1. Listen as the project’s directors - Prof Mike Cronin, Mark Duncan and Dr. Paul Rouse – and Catríona Crowe of the National Archives of Ireland discuss the project and provide a flavour of what Irish life was going on in Ireland in the Spring of 1913 - emigration, suffragist movement, politics, shopping, weather, poverty in Connemara, court reports, sport.