Grass­roots Radio at the Oral His­to­ry Net­work of Ire­land Con­fer­ence

Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Cork and Bere Island Her­itage Cen­tre rep­re­sent­ed the Grass­roots Project at the recent Oral His­to­ry Net­work of Ire­land Con­fer­ence in Lim­er­ick.  The con­fer­ence was about oral his­to­ries in the dig­i­tal age and we pre­sent­ed ideas of col­lect­ing Bere island’s oral his­to­ries via the com­mu­ni­ty radio plat­form. We met with lots of oth­er com­mu­ni­ties, prac­ti­tion­ers and aca­d­e­mics and have come away with lots of ideas. We hope to use the radio and the sto­ries that peo­ple tell on it, as a way of pre­serv­ing the her­itage of the island, which like many Irish islands is faced with rur­al depop­u­la­tion. Through cap­tur­ing sto­ries and her­itage, we hope that the radio will become a plat­form of exchange and debate about the future of the island.

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