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|Monuments of County Clare
a National Digitisation Strategy Phase Two Project
County Clare has the highest number of archaeological artifacts of any county in Ireland to the extent that the county has been described as one vast open air museum. These monuments are visible and tangible entities which provide access to the history and archaeology of the county. In May 2005, Clare County Library proposed to provide descriptions, explanations and visual representations of these artifacts on its website for local communities, students, researchers, tourists, the Clare diaspora and the history/archaeology community throughout the world, and sought and obtained funding for such a project from the National Digitisation Strategy (Phase Two) in June 2005.
The National Digitisation Strategy Phases
One and Two implement the recommendations of the report of the 2002/3
Cultural Heritage Project Our
Cultural Heritage: a strategy for action for public libraries.
Digitisation grants from the Information
Society Fund were made available by the Department of the Environment,
Heritage and Local Government to library authorities, to enable the development
of significant online content and digitisation expertise.
A list of the monuments in the county in each category is available by clicking on each category link. A web page has been created for each individual monument, containing the Monument Classification (Category), its Townland, Parish and Monument Number, with links to material on the website concerning that monument. For example, clicking on ‘Holy Wells’ on the Archaeology page brings you to a list of all Holy Wells in Clare. From here, you can click on individual Holy Wells, e.g clicking on St. Michael’s Well, Kilmihil gives the Classification, Townland, Parish and Monument Number of St. Michael’s Well, and links to all text and images of St. Michael’s Well contained in the various archaeological works on the library’s website.
The archaeological information linked to through these web pages was sourced in various ways:
Clare County Library’s website was searched for existing text and photographic material relating to each monument. This material was gathered together on that monument’s web page.
Material which was already typed-up, but not on the website, was prepared for online publication, and linked to from each monument web page. Two major resources were made available in this way:
Further relevant information was sourced at Clare County Library’s Local Studies Centre, Ennis, and permission sought and granted for material which was under copyright. This material was typed up, prepared for the website, and links were created to this new material. These resources are:
Participants in this project:
Clare County Library,
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