09/10/2014 Minister Humphreys launches WWI website at UL and visits Limerick City of Culture highlights

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is today (Thursday) launching a new online archive project at the University of Limerick (UL) and is being shown some of the highlights of the Limerick City of Culture programme, as part of her first visit to the city in her capacity as Minister.

‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary – An Irish Story of the Great War’ is a dynamic new online archive project by the University of Limerick. It follows the lives of the Armstrong family of Moyaliffe Castle, Co. Tipperary, in weekly online bulletins throughout the First World War.

Speaking about the new website today, the Minister said:

“The diaries, correspondence, photographs and memorabilia of the Armstrong family provide a fascinating insight on the social, physical and emotional impact of the conflict on individuals, families and society.”

“This virtual exhibition runs in ‘real time’ from July 2014 until November 2018, with a new exhibition uploaded every week, allowing visitors and subscribers to the site to relive the events of the war as they unfolded exactly 100 years previous.”

“Initiatives such as this are an excellent example of how communities and organisations around the country are getting involved in the Decade of Centenaries. I would like to commend the creativity and imagination of the team who have transformed the historical material into this fantastic online resource, fit for a 21st century audience. I have no doubt that it will be enjoyed throughout Limerick and far beyond.”

Following the launch of the website at UL, Minister Humphreys also attended a private performance of The Unlucky Cabin Boy in Culture House and visited the Urban Horses installation in the People’s Park.  She finished her trip to Limerick with a visit to the Hunt Museum.

The Minister said:

“I am delighted to visit Limerick in what has been a momentous year for the city as Ireland’s inaugural City of Culture.  Limerick has clearly fully embraced this historic designation.  My visit today has highlighted why Limerick is regarded as a cultural centre – where arts, culture and sport are all playing their part in the economic, social and physical regeneration of the city.  The City of Culture year has inspired, empowered and elevated those who live, work in and visit the city and I am confident that it will leave behind a legacy of developing ideas in the arts and cultural sector in Limerick far beyond 2014.” 


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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