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The following hand-picked links will take you to general information on the country of Ireland, Irish libraries, non-profit groups, archives, government sites, Internet directories and more.
IRISH CULTURAL EVENTS
Entertainment Ireland is an excellent guide to all sorts of cultural events, performances and venues... festivals, art exhibits, cinema, theatre, dance, ballet, music, museums, exhibitions, literary events, film, comedy, opera, galleries and lots more... Well-maintained and easy to navigate. Highly recommended.
Live Ireland is an interesting site with news and music features on Irish culture. You can use Real Player to take an audiovisual tour of Glendalough or Irish castles, listen to lots of Irish music, and read newsletter articles on all sorts of Irish historical and cultural topics.
INTERNET DIRECTORIES & GUIDES
Browse Ireland • comprehensive and useful Irish directory
Local Ireland • local Irish news and information, county by county
A Taste of Ireland • Bilingual site in English and German
Yahoo Many thanks to Yahoo for selecting Island Ireland as a 'Pick of the Day' shortly after our launch.
BUBL • Internet-based information service for the UK higher education community
The Scout Report • weekly publication offering a selection of new and newly discovered Internet resources of interest to researchers and educators
GENERAL INFORMATION ON IRELAND
Britannica is an excellent resource which includes not only the information in their encyclopaedia, but also suggestions for websites, magazine articles and books on given topics.
The US government's Central Intelligence Agency maintains the CIA factbook on Ireland, a sort of an extended almanac listing on the economy, government, population, etc.
The Central Statistics Office in Dublin gives info on everything from Irish baby names to the distribution of cattle and pigs by size of herd... population, demographics-- it's all here.
INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
Skool.ie is designed specifically as an interactive learning website for Irish students and teachers with a focus on the Irish Junior and Senior Cycle curricula.
IRISH PHONE NUMBERS & ADDRESSES
The Irish Golden Pages (that's 'Yellow Pages' in the US) are online-- very handy if you're looking for an Irish telephone number for a friend or for a business. The business listings also include other resources like e-mail addresses and web site URLs.
IRISH INTEREST LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES
The National Library of Ireland in Dublin collects and preserves all manner of Irish-related manuscripts, prints, photographs, drawings, official documents, etc. It is a research rather than a lending library, and their site not only provides details on their outstanding collection, but also information on how to do genealogical research and properly access materials.
The Library Association of Ireland publishes a journal, An Leabharlann, and maintains links to libraries all over Ireland and beyond.
The Clare County Library maintains an excellent site which includes community resources, county history and more... top marks for a great concept.
The Linen Hall Library is the oldest library in Belfast, founded in 1788. Their collection is particularly strong in materials on Ulster, especially the areas of Belfast and Counties Antrim and Down.
The National Archives of Ireland gives details on their collection (including helpful research guides to specific topics such as The Great Famine, Women's History, etc.) and explains how to find what you need.
The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) collects, catalogues and preserves any documents that provide a legal or historical record of the past. They maintain an excellent web site...
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts provides JFK's biography, famous speeches, photographs and more... info on Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy too. A very interesting site.
The Irish Architectural Archive
GOVERNMENT SITES
The Northern Ireland Office
The Northern Ireland Executive
The Northern Ireland Assembly
Official Irish State site
ACADEMIC INTEREST SITES
The American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) is an excellent resource... their 'Electronic Guide to Irish Studies in the United States' lists university courses nationwide.
Founded in 1785, the Royal Irish Academy is a group whose members are elected on the basis of academic distinction in the arts, science, and the study of antiquities.
The Internationalist Review of Irish Culture is an international peer-reviewed journal which deals with Irish Studies from a variety of perspectives and disciplines such as literature, translation studies, cultural studies, linguistics, history, politics and social studies
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