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DRI welcomes Clare County Archives and Clare County Library Service as a new member

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The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is delighted to announce that Clare County Archives and Clare County Library Service have joined DRI as our 39th member. They are the ninth local authority service to join DRI. The archive is a county-wide service and in addition to local authority records, it also collects other material relating to the county including private papers, solicitors’ papers, architectural drawings, maps and plans, estate papers, photographic collections, and records of academic, social, and economic institutions.

On joining DRI, Clare County Archivist Rene Franklin said: 

Clare County Archives and Library Service are delighted to become members of the DRI community. Clare County Council’s Archival collections will become accessible online through this national digital repository. Our digital collections span from the eighteenth century and will allow researchers to witness the evolution of the Local Government in County Clare through the centuries from the Grand Jury through to the Board of Guardians, Rural District Councils and the establishment of Clare County Council in 1899 through to the twentieth century. The archival collections also include private collections relating to County Clare. We recognise the importance of the expertise of the Digital Repository of Ireland in maximising our collections' interoperability whilst also preserving our amazing digital collections to the optimum standards in digital preservation. 

DRI Director Natalie Harrower added:

We are delighted to welcome Clare County Archives and Clare Library Service to DRI. They have a wealth of collections to share through DRI and this material will be shared alongside similar material from other local authorities allowing a better understanding of how connected Ireland is and has been in the past, as well as how Ireland varies from region to region. Also, we have a long history with Clare County Archives and Library Service because they were an original member of our Stakeholder Advisory Board when DRI was first being specified in 2011

Clare County Archives and Clare Library Service manage a large volume of records relating to the county, where their mission is to: ‘to collect, preserve, promote and provide access to County Clare’s rich archival heritage.’ They do this from the archive headquarter, Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis, through their county-wide branch service, and through their outreach and programme of events. We provide regular updates on collection publications on our Twitter page and you can also follow us on Instagram to uncover more treasures in the Repository. 

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