IVRLA News Centre

July 2012

IVRLA is moving to UCD Digital Library

After 7 years of service, the IVRLA servers will be permanently switched off on August 1st. All IVRLA collections have been moved over to the new UCD Digital Library. UCD Digital Library offers enhanced functionality and some new IVRLA collections, which were previously unavailable on the IVRLA website.

Please update all bookmarks to the new UCD Digital Library (http://digital.ucd.ie). The IVRLA web pages will be redirecting to the UCD Digital Library for July 2012, before being switched off on August 1st 2012.

Please contact us at +353 1 716 7506 or digital.library@ucd.ie if you have any further queries.

June 2011


The IVRLA will be unavailable due to essential upgrade to the UCD Data Centre. Services will go down at 2pm Wednesday 8th June 2011 and should be available again on Saturday 11th June 2011.

Many apologies for the inconvenience caused, and for the short notice.

November 2010

Official press release for the IVRLA launch, written by Dr Dervila Layden.

The UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) was formally launched by UCD President, Dr Hugh Brady, in Newman House on Wednesday 10th November 2010. This was the culmination of a truly interdisciplinary five-year project that involved over 70 academic, curatorial, and professional staff at all levels across UCD. The IVRLA repository includes almost 13,000 individual objects (comprising 169,000 individual scans or parts) in 32 curated collections, 17 research projects, and in preservation-only secure storage. Dr Brady complimented the project on the significant national resource that it had provided and observed that it proved the ability of the humanities to drive the national innovation agenda. Dr John Brooks Howard, University Librarian, and Professor Mary Daly, Principal of the College of Arts & Celtic Studies, both of whom were members of the IVRLA steering group, also spoke at the launch. They emphasised that the IVRLA repository brings UCD’s rich holdings into the digital age, communicating with a new multi-media oriented generation.

The IVRLA’s curated collections make available digitised versions of historically and culturally significant manuscripts, books, letters, maps, paintings, photographs, audio material and ephemera. Each of the digital humanities pilot research projects developed digital resources for scholarly use, created exhibition collections and established a basis for future collaborative and comparative projects which will fully exploit the research potential of the IVRLA repository. Together, these collections and research projects represent a unique scholarly resource. To access this publicly available resource, go to http://ivrla.ucd.ie

The launch event was part of the Innovation Dublin festival. The IVRLA, which was funded by PRTLI Cycle 3, is a component of the UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland and is based in the UCD Library.

President BradyDr HowardProf Daly
Dr John B. Howard, UCD President Hugh Brady and
Dr Dervila Layden
UCD Librarian, Dr John B. Howard
Dr John B. Howard and Professor Mary E. Daly

October 2010

The IVRLA is running a series of exciting events in November in order to showcase its material, and to officially launch the IVRLA.

Details about these events can be found on the Innovation Dublin 2010 website. IVRLA is proud to be part of Innovation Dublin 2010.

List below are a summary of the events in November - please check the news centre for more details.

10th NovUCD Humanities Institute of Ireland12-2pmDigital Research with the IVRLAFrancesca Benatti
10th NovInvitation OnlyFormal IVRLA Launch Event
11th NovJames Joyce Library Room 1304-6pmLiterary Mediascapes:
IVRLA and Irish Literature
Professor Gerardine Meaney
12th NovNewman House, St Stephen's Green1-2pmFrom Oral to Digital Culture
(Joint IVRLA-UCD John Hume Institute event)
Professor Karen Corrigan
15th NovClinton Auditorium, UCD John Hume Institute4.30-6pmCreative Cities: Cultural and Technological Change from the 19th to the 21st century (Joint IVRLA-UCD John Hume Institute event)Panel Discussion
17th NovUCD Humanities Institute of Ireland4-6pmRising to Recession: Ireland's first 100 years and the IVRLAProfessor Mary E. Daly

March 2010

IVRLA is pleased to announce that 17 of our collections are available through cultural heritage portal Europeana.

IVRLA Collections currently available through Europeana:

  1. Boehm/Casement Correspondence
  2. Beranger Watercolours at UCD Library
  3. Schools' Manuscript Collection: Carna & Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
  4. UCD Ephemera Collection
  5. Folklore Photograph Collection
  6. Historic Maps Collection
  7. Papers of Michael Collins
  8. UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute Monograph Collection
  9. Papers of Eugene O'Curry
  10. John O'Donovan/William Reeves Correspondence
  11. Colm Ó Lochlainn Collection – Ballads
  12. UCD Letters
  13. Papers of Françoise Henry
  14. Papers of Dr William Frazer
  15. Geological Survey Maps Collection
  16. Schools' Manuscript Collection – My Home District
  17. Luke Wadding Papers