What is the project about?

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.