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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Online 'newspaper' will bring 1913-23 back to life

Lise Hand

Published 08/05/2013 | 04:00

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A new online newspaper focuses on the turbulent period in Irish life from 1913 to 1923.

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Co-produced by the Department of Arts and Heritage, RTE and Boston College, 'Century Ireland' uses archive material, blogs, Twitter and talking-heads to present the news as it happened on various key dates during a decade which was a veritable gridlock of major events, from the Home Rule crisis to the Lockout to the Rising to the War of Independence.

The website was yesterday launched by Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan, alongside the academic director of Boston College, Prof Michael Cronin.

Mr Deenihan assured the audience that the editorial content was in the hands of academics rather than politicians.

"It will be very well monitored for balance and for fairness and we'll be sticking to the timeline of the decade," he said.

Mr Deenihan, who was a history teacher for eight years, said he hoped 'Century Ireland' might be useful to the school curriculum.

"There's been a major drop-off in history, unfortunately, for Leaving Cert. I think a lot of the reasons for that are the teaching methods, but this will bring new technology to the teaching of it," he said.

The cost of the project to his department is €100,000.

Century Ireland is at www.rte.ie/centuryireland.

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