May 18, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - An interactive website highlighting New Brunswick's Irish history was unveiled Monday, May 17, at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.
Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty, minister responsible for the provincial archives, participated in the launch of the New Brunswick Irish Web Portal.
"The New Brunswick Irish Web Portal will be the most comprehensive website of Irish-related information assembled in Canada," said Doherty. "It has already piqued the interest of historians, genealogists and colleagues in New Brunswick, across Canada, and abroad in Ireland."
The launch included historians and archivists from Ireland and Canada as well as guests from government and the academic community. It was co-hosted by the Irish Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick.
With digitized records consisting of manuscript collections, immigration records, newspaper articles and official documents, the portal offers insight into the history of Irish immigrants to New Brunswick. It includes exhibits about Irish immigration to New Brunswick and provides a number of searchable databases.
"This is an important step in preserving New Brunswick's Irish history," said Doherty. "The provincial archives allow New Brunswickers to learn about our province's past while looking to future technology to preserve and share important culture."
The project was funded by the provincial government with the assistance of the Canadian Culture Online program of Canadian Heritage, Library and Archives Canada, and the Canadian Council of Archives.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri Strickland, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-453-7903.