This Blog-site describes the journey of a Cultural Studies graduate breaking into the field of Digital Humanities. It provides a space to document this journey, and keep a track of relevant resources, tools and literature sources that are encountered along the way.
I was born in 1970 and raised in Termonfeckin and Baltray in Co. Louth. Following my Leaving Cert., I worked in various jobs in the sports, community and hospitality sectors. At the age of 39, I went back to school and did a Fetac 5 in Sport and Recreation and then, a Fetac 6 Advanced Certificate in Sports Development at the Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE). Thereafter, I went to Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) and did a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies. I graduated in 2014 with a major in Politics and Society and a minor in History. I am presently attending NUI Maynooth – MA in Digital Humanities. I have interests in Political, Diplomatic and Foreign Affairs History, preserving Oral History, and the Politics of Representation in a digital environment.
In 2011, I attended The Peace Process Layers of Meaning – Oral History training for facilitators, organised by QMUL in association with DkIT and TCD (http://www.peaceprocesshistory.org/). As a consequence, along with two other attendees, and some mature students from DkIT, we founded a historical society called ‘An Lú Cuimhní Society’.
In June 2013, An Lú Cuimhní Society was commissioned by the Drogheda Civic Trust to write a chapter for a book titled History of Religious and Cultural Integration in Drogheda (HORCID). The chapter is based on the history of the new religious and cultural groups that have emerged in Drogheda in recent decades. This entailed interviewing members of the various groups, in respect of the history of the group but also, with regards to immigration, re-settlement and integration. I was appointed to coordinate and oversee this part of the project and this entailed the recruitment of interviewees for oral history interviews, organising the recording, transcription and storage of oral interviews; safeguarding ethical, privacy and copyright issues; project administration, and quarterly reports.