What is the Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project?

The Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project is a rapid response oral history project based at DCU focused on archiving the Irish lived experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is inspired by the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)  COVID-19 Oral History project adapted for Irish requirements including GDPR compliance.

The purpose of this project is to curate a COVID-19 oral history collection of the Irish experience and how different people in our community are living through this crisis, both in Ireland and abroad.

These oral histories will inform current and future research into shaping responses to future pandemics and/or global crises going forward. They will also enable a deeper understanding of the impact that such global events have on Irish society.

An Historical Archive
That gathers and preserves COVID-19 oral histories from those living in Ireland, and Irish citizens abroad

A Tool
For people to share and express their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected their everyday life

A Resource
For historians, researchers and policymakers in years to come to inform responses to future pandemics

Why Participate?

By participating in the Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project, you will help document how the COVID-19 crisis affected the lives of people in Ireland, and will help to preserve the memories of this time for generations to come. In the future, these recordings may also help to provide insight into how we might mitigate the impact of future global crises such as pandemics.

Oral histories are a critical way to capture and preserve those stories and voices that are so often lost to time.