One of the current buzzwords of the contemporary internet is “hyperlocal”. The term refers to the belief that small, regionally-based websites can best achieve success by focusing on the minutiae of the area they are located in. This can cover many types of internet media, from local current affairs to business reporting. While the viability of the theory is debatable (and to me, at least, it is only applicable to locations with large populations, like major cities or places with a strong regional identity), there are some sites that prove the idea’s worth.
In Ireland one such website is the Dublin-based Come Here To Me blog. Since 2009 it has catalogued the cultural, social and political history of the capital city, as well as venturing broader afield, in ever-more fascinating detail. No person, no building, no event is too obscure for this wonderful website as it uncovers forgotten parts of Dublin’s history as well as reporting on its many contemporary affairs. Where else could one go from reading a post on the 18th century Hellfire Club to an article on urban graffiti artists?
What makes the site all the better is its vaguely iconoclastic, anti-establishment air. This is the people’s history, not the state’s, the world from the bottom up, not the top down. The latest two articles are up to the usual high standards, with an examination of the long forgotten Jemmy Hope, the Irish Republican revolutionary of the late 1700s and early 1800s, and a look at “The Priory”, the now sadly forlorn home of Sarah Curran, Robert Emmet’s great love. I recommend a reading of both.
- Just published: the Irish History Compressed ebook (irishhistorycompressed.wordpress.com)
- Talking History: Ireland’s Great Republican Revolutionary (newstalk.ie)
- The first ever color photographs of Ireland taken by two French women in 1913 – PHOTOS (irishcentral.com)
- Just saying that this is Dublin (willknott.ie)