Stories were shared and items investigated at the recent Wexford War of Independence and Civil War Digitation Day – an initiative that aimed to ensure moments from this turbulent time in our history are never forgotten.
Members of the public came to Gorey Library in their droves, carrying with them photographs, postcards, letters, diaries, medals and other memorabilia. All of the items were photographed and scanned so that they can be recorded in the archives.
Local Studies Librarian Caroline Barry, Historian in Residence Barry Leacy and local historian Celestine Murphy were on hand on the day to explain the significance of the items and listen to stories of the past.
“We had a good response to the callout. We were busy all day long,” said Senior Library Assistant at Gorey Library, Alan Dobbs. “Some people had a lot of things to bring in. There were a lot of medals, postcards, and photographs, and many brought in diaries that belonged to their relatives.”
Many of the attendees took part in in-depth interviews with the historians, which were recorded and will soon be made available to members of the public alongside the photographs.
"People were very happy to share their stories,” said Alan. “One lady read from her father’s diary, written when he did some time in prison following the Civil War. That was very special for the people involved who had relatives in similar situations.”
“All of the information now has to be collated. The recordings will be edited so they can be made available for the public to view.”
The day in Gorey Library follows on from a successful digitisation day held in Wexford Library branch in December. Both events were part of the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.