To mark Ireland’s commemoration of the centenary of the formation of the Irish Free State (Saorstát Eireann) we have already begun fieldwork on a significant three-year project entitled 1922-2022: A Century of Change Oral History Collection, which aims to record and catalogue the testimony of up to 300 individuals who themselves, or their immediate families, have helped to create the vibrant Ireland in which we live and work today.
We hope to record leaders in business and finance, in the arts and culture arenas, in media, hospitality, agriculture, education, politics, engineering and architecture, health, defense forces, sport and Irish equestrianism.
It is intended that testimony from individuals who originate from countries outside of Ireland, but who have made a significant impact on life in this country, will also be included.
At the end of 2019, and each of the subsequent years until 2022, a launch will be held to recognise the people whose testimony is included in the 2022 project during that specific year. Sound clips from each of the recorded interviews will be played.
We are currently seeking funding from individuals and/or Government bodies or private enterprise to complete this Oral History Collection. All benefactors will be cited on all online and printed material produced by Irish Life and Lore in relation to the 1922-2022: A Century of Change Oral History Collection.
We would welcome suggestions in relation to individuals whose work has made a significant contribution to Irish life over the past 100 years. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.