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Conference: Supporting Community Archives into the Future



Friday, 29th September 2023


11:00 - 16:30


Royal Irish Academy, Dublin


The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) and the Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN) are pleased to announce our collaborative conference ‘Supporting Community Archives into the Future’.

This event will bring community archives from diverse backgrounds all around the island of Ireland together for a day of talks, workshops and knowledge sharing. The event programme includes spotlights on Black and Irish, and Clare Memories, as well as guidance from the Heritage Council, the Oral History Network of Ireland, and the DRI ‘LEGO for Reproducibility’ workshop. Download the full conference programme below:

The event is free and in-person in the Royal Irish Academy. Places are limited so interested community archives should register soon. Eventbrite registration.

DRI EDI Policy Launch

The event will be followed by a launch of the DRI’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policy. from 5pm in the Royal Irish Academy. Conference attendees are welcome to stay for the launch and wine reception.

Conference Sustainability

While we acknowledge that any in-person event will have some environmental impact, we aim, as much as possible within our limitations, to offer greener choices for those attending this conference.


  • We encourage you to bring reusable cups for tea and coffee
  • Vegetarian and vegan food is a large percentage of food on offer, and we encourage you to bring home any leftovers 
  • Plant-based milk is available
  • All disposable plates and cups are fully compostable
  • The catering company is within a short walking distance of the venue

Conference Material

  • Any printed material available is kept to a minimum
  • Conference programme and delegate list are digital and only provided in print on request
  • Badges and lanyards have been recycled from previous conferences (please remember to hand your badge back at the end of the day)
  • We don’t supply conference packs or bags with printed materials
  • All conference documents and invoices have been dealt with digitally to reduce any paper waste


  • We encourage you to take public transport or walk to the venue if possible .
  • This event has been scheduled to ensure that anyone travelling from outside of Dublin can avail of public transport for both inward and outward journeys.
  • The Royal Irish Academy is based on Dawson Street in Dublin City Centre, which is close to public transport, including all city centre bus services. The Luas tram stops just metres from the entrance, and it is walkable from the DART (Pearse – 15mins) and both mainline train stations (Heuston 45mins; Connolly 25mins).
  • Free Indoor cycle parking in the city centre is available at Park Rite on Drury Street. The facility has 300 cycle parking spaces, including cargo bike spaces and bicycle maintenance area with basic tools for repairs.
  • The venue is a short walk from both Merrion Square and St. Stephen’s Green if you want to enjoy a walk in a green space


  • The Royal Irish Academy is situated on Dublin’s Dawson Street which is a pollinator corridor connecting St. Stephen’s Green with Trinity College Dublin. The street has been planted with pollinator-friendly plants and flowers in accordance with the All Ireland Pollinator Plan. 
  • Recycling facilities are available on site for appropriate material (paper, plastics & compostable waste).

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DRI is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) via the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Irish Research Council (IRC).

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