26 October, 2020: The Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN) has today been awarded Best Network of Archives 2020 – UK and Ireland by the Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG).
Established by the National Museum of Ireland’s Education Department in 2008, the iCAN initiative works to encourage and support a network of communities in collecting, preserving, and making accessible their local history and heritage online. Working in partnership with local authorities in Clare, Galway and Wicklow, iCAN has supported the creation and development of 28 online archives to date, 17 in Galway and Mayo and 11 in Clare and Wicklow. Local Authority Heritage Officers have played a critical role in the development of the iCAN partnership model and provide community groups with professional support at local level.
We in Clarecastle Ballyea Heritage and Wildlife Group are proud to be members of the iCan network and would like to congratulate Lorna, Hassan, Congella and all the team at iCan on this prestigious award. Bualadh bos mór!