This project involves the multi-archival research of the broader dimensions of Irish Diplomatic History. Church-State Relations are being examined in tandem with Irish political and diplomatic history. Taking advantage of technological developments in research and innovative publishing techniques, post World War II, Irish-Australian and Irish-Argentinean relations are being analyzed. Furthermore, the project is also examining Irish-Vatican relations from 1916-1930. The deliberately broad scope in terms of subject matter and time periods will facilitate document driven publications which will provide important multi-faceted appraisals of Irish interaction with the Catholic Church and the diplomatic history of Irish relations with Australia, Argentina, and the wider Diaspora.
During this project we have conducted research in several archives. Using both scanners and digital cameras we have greatly improved our in archive productivity and therefore have managed to curtail travel costs. We have a vast archive of digital images numbering more than 65,000 pages. This process is continuing. It has two distinct tracks; continuing archival research and the digitisation of photocopies from archives taken before the lifetime of this project.
This website aims to provide information about
a) the archives we have visited and the materials we have researched.
b) the equipment we use to digitise archival documents both in an archival settting and in a more controlled office setting.
c) the range of software we use in post capture image editing.
This website also provides examples of some of the digitised documents.