Irish COVID-19 Oral History Projects


The Cork Folklore Project is conducting a community-based oral history COVID-19 initiative using a range of online platforms. Participants are asked to add their experiences to the archive to document people’s experiences by describing daily routines, preoccupations, jokes and stories.


Meath Country Archive are asking members of the public to record their daily experiences in diary format (electronically or hand-written).

COVID-19 Oral History Projects (Worldwide)


This COVID-19 Oral History Project is a rapid response oral history focused on archiving the lived experience of the COVID-19 epidemic. It aims to capture the oral histories of professional researchers and the broader public. All the data that participants collect and produce will be open access, open source and shared with researchers and the public through the IUPUI Library and the Covid-19 Archive.


Columbia University is aiming to conduct 200 oral history interviews with New Yorkers from different neighborhoods and industries. The goal is to better comprehend the pandemic and learn how to respond to it.


The University of Edinburgh is generating a collection of recordings, photographs and writing made by participants concerning everyday life during the COVID-19 outbreak. The main impetus is to create a body of recorded material that will provide a source for the future. 

DCU COVID-19 Research Projects


The DCU COVID-19 Research and Innovation Hub brings together DCU’s research strengths in a coordinated manner to tackle a number of key challenges associated with the COVID-19crisis. The new initiative will support 16 multi-disciplinary projects focused exclusively on the pandemic. The purpose is to leverage all relevant disciplines across DCU’s five faculties and to focus on developing solutions to a small number of critical challenges identified in partnership with national and international stakeholders. Projects align to five key areas: technologies for rapid diagnostics for COVID-19; responding to the challenges faced by frontline healthcare workers in hospitals and nursing home environments; developing novel solutions to enhance the national testing strategy; mitigating the impact on organisations, workers and the economy and tackling societal issues in a COVID-19 world (education, business, the citizen).


COVID-19 Tracing App – Professor Theo Lynn, Dr Grace Fox, Dr Pierangelo Rosati, Dr Lisa van der Werff

Digital Town Readiness – Professor Theo Lynn, Dr Grace Fox, Dr Pierangelo Rosati, Dr Lisa van der Werff, Professor Edel Conway

The Impact of COVID-19 on Consumer Behaviour – Professor Theo Lynn, Dr Pierangelo Rosati

Consumer mobile phones and app usage as a proxy for social isolation effectiveness in Brazil – Professor Theo Lynn, Patricia Takako Endo

A low cost device for detection of COVID-19 in healthcare setting – Professor Stephen Daniels (FEC)

This project will develop a low-cost, rapid, portable device for sampling surfaces to check for the presence or otherwise of Covid-19 on a surface.

Finding the right antibody test for Ireland: the Covid-19 Antibody Testing Hub – Dr Paul Leonard (FSH)

Commercial antibody tests are available but none have been independently validated or recommended by authorities for use to date. The aim is to determine the best performing antibody test and recommend to NPHET which tests should be employed in a national testing strategy.

Shrinking the COVID-19 assay for faster results – David Kinahan (FEC)

The diagnostic tests, where (nasal) swabs are sent to laboratories to identify infectious individuals, is labour intensive and time consuming. The ‘Low-cost Automated Molecular Diagnostics Assay (LAMDA)’ project plans to use a technology called ‘Lab-on-a-Chip’ to solve this problem. This will result in a faster, simpler and safer diagnostic test which can even be used by front-tine workers such as nurses, paramedics and firefighters.

A rapid screening method for finding new therapeutic drugs for COVID-19 – Professor Tia Keyes (FSH)

This project will adapt a model of the cell membrane to enable modelling of the preliminary viral-host recognition step, providing a means to investigate what other components of the cell membrane promote infection. A platform to rapidly test potential therapeutics that can inhibit SARS-CoV-2-ACE2 binding will then be built.

LISTEN: Capturing Learning from the Frontline Response to COVID-19 – Professor Caroline McMullan, Dr Ann Largey, Gavin D. Brown, Grainne O’Shea (DCUBS)

This project will LISTEN to the first responders to capture opportunities for learning which can inform the current response to COVID-19, risk management in the medium term, and help build longer-term national resilience.

Communicating COVID-19: Translation and Trust – Sharon O’Brien, Patrick Cadwell (FHSS)

Ireland is a multilingual and multicultural society. This project will measure how well Ireland implemented translation of critical information as a risk reduction policy in the COVID-19 pandemic and how this translated information impacted on the linguistic minorities in Ireland.

COVID-19 and Social Mitigation: Understanding Citizen Attitudes and Behaviour – Jane Suiter, Eileen Culloty and Lala Muradova (FHSS)

Widespread disinformation questions the legitimacy of government decisions and the authority of scientific expertise. This study investigates the citizen’s exposure to mis/disinformation and whether information from expert and citizen sources can correct misperceptions citizens hold about COVID-19 and their impact on their willingness to comply with public health measures.

Leading in Crisis: Lessons from Chief Human Resource Officers – Professor David Collings (DCUBS)

Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs) are playing a key role in leading organisational responses to COVID-19. This study sets out to understand the experience of senior HR leaders in leading through crises. The study will generate evidence-based and actionable insights for HR and other organisational leaders and also provide insights into the organisational practices and routines that have proven effective in navigating the crisis.

Crisis Terminology: COVID-19 related terminology in Irish – Dr Gearóid O Cleircin (FHSS)

Official communication in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak has taken place almost exclusively in English. The Téarmaíocht na Géarchéime (Crisis Terminology) project will develop a comprehensive glossary of terminology relating to the pandemic to provide users with the technical vocabulary to communicate clearly and accurately on the topic of COVID-19 thus providing the framework to ensure that Irish-speaking citizens and communities are kept properly informed of developments in their own language.

Crisis Interpreting: providing access for the Deaf Community to STEM education during COVID-19 – Dr Elizabeth Matthews (IOE)

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for public health information to be accessible to all citizens, including members of the Deaf Community who communicate through Irish Sign Language. This project will gather interpreter experiences in crisis-interpreting during COVID-19 to develop a working document, to which other stakeholders can contribute thus preventing initial delays in access (as were experienced recently) and eliminate the advocacy work required of interpreters lobbying for provision, to enable them to concentrate on their interpreting work.

‘PE at Home’: Keeping children learning and active through COVID-19 – Dr Maura Coulter (IOE) and Dr Sarahjane Belton (FSH)

The ‘PE at Home’ project sees a physical education (PE) delivery solution within the home environment across Ireland. Even when children return to school in September, it is anticipated social distancing restrictions will remain in place. Short ‘PE at Home’ lessons will be developed in partnership with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) supported by the Irish Heart Foundation.

Open Source Innovation – Dr Roisin Lyons (DCUBS)

The scale and urgency of this pandemic has created an unprecedented global surge of innovative action. This study seeks to investigate the trajectory and momentum of open-source innovative communities as embedded within the global and national developments of the COVID-19 crisis. Focusing specifically on the TeamOSV initiative in Ireland, the study will employ qualitative case studies with key stakeholders within the community, and will also map open-source behaviour and output as related external factors pertaining to the spread of the virus.

Beyond the COVID Pivot: Towards Transformative Online Learning – Mark Brown (National Institute of Digital Learning)

With the recent pivot to online learning in response to COVID-19, the ability to learn effectively online has never been more important. Looking forward we need to develop the capacity of students to become effective online learners. We also need to look back to understand and learn from the experience of students so far. This project will, therefore, develop and conduct research on a ‘Learning how to learn online’ MOOC to support students as they adapt to a greater focus on learning online in higher education settings.

Moving Large, Face-to-Face classes online – Ann Marie Farrell (IoE), Dr. Mark Glynn, Karen Buckley, Suzanne Stone, Rob Lowney (TEU), Seán Smyth (SU)

The overall aim of this project is to inform the practice of (a) academics teaching large groups and (b) those supporting academics in the large class teaching/learning context. The move to the online environment since March will be evaluated; data from supports provided since March will be analysed (e.g. support requests, PD workshops and seminars since campus closure) and surveys will be used to gather data on the student and staff experience. The outcome of this project will provide guidance for designing learning experiences in the online context, taking diversity of large classes into account.