Unfortunately I was unaware of the nomination process being run by the National Library of Ireland for its “Remembering 1916, Recording 2016” project, part of its online archive of selected Irish websites, so An Sionnach Fionn missed out on its chance to participate in the public vote. The top ten finalists were announced today by Heather Humphreys, the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, at an award ceremony in the NLI on Kildare Street, as reported by the Irish Times:
“The Irish Times is among 10 websites which have been chosen by the public for preservation by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
Five sites were chosen on the basis that they represented the best record of Irish life in 2016 and five more were voted as the best record of the events of 1916.
The websites will be preserved in the NLI’s National Web Archive..
The websites chosen by the public range from exhibition-focused and commemorative projects to group blogs, national media outlets and online-only news publications, to satirical websites and independent, nonprofit online outlets.”
Among the winners are “Come Here To Me!” and the “Broadsheet” both of which are well deserving of the accolade. As a small consolation prize I have been informed by the National Library that An Sionnach Fionn will be added to the “Remembering 1916, Recording 2016” project, albeit without the fanfare (I’m presuming a number of websites not in the top ten vote have been chosen). This of course follows up on the news that I announced in December of 2015 that the Library of Trinity College Dublin, in co-operation with the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, and the British Library, London, had selected ASF to be a submission in the joint-project to establish a “…web-archive to preserve websites that can contribute to an understanding of the Easter Rising, 1916.” That captured version of ASF is now live on the UK’s internet archive.