For further information or should you wish to exercise any of your GDPR data protection rights and freedoms, please contact covid19oralhistory@dcu.ie or the DCU Research Ethics Committee at rec@dcu.ie.

You can request the removal of your oral history following a valid data subject access request. Please email covid19oralhistory@dcu.ie if you wish to request the removal of your oral history.

While you may choose to have your name disassociated from your interview or submission, or choose to utilise a pseudonym, there can be no guarantees towards absolute anonymity in the oral history process. Information provided to an oral historian and the project is only anonymous if there is no way for anyone, at any time, to determine the participant’s identity from it; that is, there is no identifiable information. This is a very high standard of information security that oral historians are only rarely able to offer, and we do NOT offer here.

Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

Participation is voluntary.

You can decide not to submit your oral or written history at any time.

Oral histories and their associated transcripts will be retained for at least 75 years including contact details of the participants, if made available.

In the future, processed oral histories will be published on this website and an open access open source repository suitable for oral histories. Processing raw oral histories can take significant time and effort. As such, oral histories may not be available for some time.

It is important to note that any datasets collected by research institutions can be subject to other legal requirements such as requests from An Garda Siochana, or requests under the Freedom of Information act.

Oral histories will be compiled in an historical archive about the experience of

  • those living in Ireland, and
  • Irish citizens living abroad, through the Covid-19 pandemic.

This resource will be made available online on an open access open source basis to help researchers, policy makers, communities and other stakeholders interpret and respond to current and future pandemics.

By taking part in the project, you will be contributing to a project that 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.

There are no risks envisaged to participants arising from involvement in the project or subsequent study

There are four ways of getting involved:

To participate, you must provide informed consent.

The Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project is a rapid response oral history focused on archiving the lived experience of the covid-19 epidemic in Ireland and by Irish people abroad.

The objective of the project is to enable researchers and the broader public to create and upload oral histories to a GDPR-compliant repository.

The data that participants collect and produce will ultimately be open access, open source and shared with researchers and the public through an online repository. The dataset will serve as:

• an historical archive that compiles oral histories about the experience of (i) those living in Ireland, and (ii) Irish citizens living abroad through the Covid-19 pandemic.

• a tool that allows Irish people, individuals in Ireland, and Irish communities to express their understandings, hopes, beliefs, and values about the covid-19 pandemic. 

• a resource to help researchers, policy makers, communities and other stakeholders interpret and respond to current and future pandemics.

The current COVID-19 crisis has altered all aspects of our lives including how we work and how we complete our daily activities. It is an important part of our country’s history. It is important to preserve the memories of how peoples’ lives were affected by times such as these. This project aims to capture the lived experience of different people in society during this time to share with future generations.

The project is being managed by a research team led by Prof Theo Lynn (theo.lynn@dcu.ie), a Professor at Dublin City University.

Yes, you can get a copy of your information at any time by sending an email to covid19oralhistory@dcu.ie

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