Irish Connections....
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Monday, 26 September 2011 00:00
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HERITAGE CONNECTION
By JOHN HAGAN
Want to know more about your past? The new Documenting Ireland – Parliament, People, Migration (DIPPAM) website may help. Created as a joint partnership between the University of Ulster, Queens University Belfast, the Centre for Migration Studies (Omagh) and Libraries Northern Ireland, it focuses on the history of Ireland and its migration from 19th century to the present day. According to Dr Johanne Devlin Trew, who helped to initiate the project, “The results have been incredible --- and it just shows how much people are fascinated by the past”. During its first month DIPPAM recorded 3,645 hits from 51 different countries, many from the United States and Canada. “We hope DIPPAM will continue to help reconnect Irish/Northern Irish people around the world --- whether they live in Boston, Brisbane, Bombay or Brazil, as we all stand to benefit from bringing our collective experiences together”, says Dr Devlin Trew.
Access to DIPPAM is free and provides information on 200 years of official documents, including emigrant letters and audio clips. The site is divided into three searchable sectors – Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland, the Voices of Migration and Return and the Irish Emigration Database. For access visit www.dippam.ac.uk