Gathering Heritage is an oral histories project that seeks to preserve our cultural identity via digital recordings.
We plan to capture oral histories from local people who want to talk about their their locality and their lifetime experiences. From memories of historical, economic, and social events to stories about locality and social traditions around holidays and work, we want to capture and preserve these voices for future generations of Louth.
This initiative focuses on the oral histories of how local towns, villages, and landscapes came to be. We want to preserve the stories behind street names, local parks, and historical monuments from the people whose genealogy connects back to the very people who gave those places their names. Once we have captured this information, we want to make it available online via digital podcasts for access across the globe.
We plan to create a heritage library of the spoken word that can be searched and found anywhere online, as well as to develop an online library for oral histories and heritage that is rich in sound bytes for visitors to Ireland and for the Irish abroad. We'll capture rich, authentic audio and snapshots of Irish heritage as told by the people who have lived here. And we'll share this library with the diaspora, in doing so raising awareness among the tourism community when they conduct research on an area before visiting.
Finally, we'll detail and record these stories before they are lost to the passage of time.