Oh, you’re going to love this. I believe that knowledge of your destination’s history just enhances your experience; I’ve written about this before. If your destination is Ireland, here’s a great place to start: Century Ireland.
So what is it? According to the RTÉ, “The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.” In other words, if the Internet existed in 1913, this is what the news would be … in real time.
I think it’s fantastic!
The project is a joint venture between the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Boston College based on St. Stephen’s Green; the national cultural institutions; and RTÉ—which will host the site at rte.ie/centuryireland. A daily Twitter feed will go out from @centuryIRL.
It’s a ten-year project, starting from the Dublin Lockout of 1913 and going through the end of the Civil War in 1923—this will cover the first World War and the Easter Rising, as well as the more mundane events of Irish life. There will be written, visual, and audio stories (simply labeled READ, WATCH, and LISTEN).
Here’s an example of WATCH:
Go here to see everything—and let me know what you think!