Cartlann Beo Oileán Thoraigh

Tory Island Living Archives


Celebrating the Living Heritage of Tory Island

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Fáilte Ó Chroí,
A heartfelt welcome,
For decades, the unique physical landscape, cultural heritage and community of Tory island has inspired filmmakers, photographers, painters, writers, journalists, radio producers, scientists, musicians, singers, artists, folklorists, anthropologists, linguists, sound designers, composers, teachers and students from around the world. Today, we propose to gather all this work in one place as part of a multimedia platform where you will be able to access this amazing and rich source of Ireland’s heritage and so that it can also be available for future generations.
Stage One:For the first stage in this initiative, we have begun the process of gathering together all the relevant materials for this archive.This website serves as a focus to engage the academic, creative, heritage and cultural fields as well as the wider public - to encourage engagement, and foster collaboration as we develop the Tory Island Living Archive project.We open with a series of short interviews to celebrate the value and explore possibility for this exciting initiative :Loic Jourdain - Director at LughfilmsErik Luke - PhotojournalistSteve Coleman - Department of Anthropology, Maynooth UniversityLouis Brigand - Professor of Geography at the University of BrestAnne Marie Nic Ruaidhrí - Producer at LughfilmsLillis Ó Laoire - Professor of Irish NUI GalwayIf you would like to get involved in this project - please get in touch with us.Through this initiative, we aim to continue to grow a network of those who support and value the living heritage of Tory Island in Creative, Academic & Cultural fields.]{navy}*Please join us to receive the latest news as we develop this exciting project,
or get in touch with us by email on toryislandlivingarchive(at)gmail.com
Go raibh míle maith agat!
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[**The Tory Island Living Archives will be a portal to access the rich cultural, heritage, creative and living tradition of Tory Island. This will be an evolving online platform, fostering collaboration, cultivating cultural and academic partnerships and providing a dynamic globally accessible 'space' as a Living Archive of Tory Island. Materials that will be accessible through this Archive include :]{navy]RADIO ARCHIVESTELEVISION ARCHIVESSOUND ARTSONG & MUSIC RECORDINGSPHOTOGRAPHSVISUAL ARTBOOKSFILMSACADEMIC PAPERSFOLKLOREARCHAEOLOGYMARITIME HERITAGEFILM ARCHIVESARCHIVES OF THE IRISH ISLANDS TRUST

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**NOTE: Copyright materials on this website are used by kind permission of Lughfilms, Eric Luke, Tristan Clamorgan & The Irish Islands Trust.

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Tory Island offers us a unique perspective from the far edge of Europe, offering us a new way to view ourselves and consider the future. This is a microcosm where the pressures facing island dwellers, minority indigenous cultures & languages around the world continue to be played out.

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This is an invitation to gather together so that we can share a clear picture of Tory Island and focus on the great richness that is found here, so that it may be celebrated and shared for the benefit of all.

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Loic Jourdain- Director at LughfilmsLoic Jourdain is an award winning film director who has filmed island life and the people of Tory Island for almost two decades. His first film was "Tory Island after the Prophecy"(2005), this was followed by "Fear na nOileán"(2006) which shared the unique story of how Tory had to fight the possibility of 'evacuation' in the 1980's. His latest film, "The Tribe of Gods"(2020), continues this moving portrait and tribute to life on Tory Island.Here, Loic shares his vision for the proposed "Tory Island Living Archives",
and the importance of gathering this material "for eternity" 
as a great treasure of Tory Island.
************* Is stiúrthóir é Loic atá gaol láidir aige le saol Oileán Thoraigh, a scéal agus a mhuintir. Tá triúr fís déanta aige atá lonnaithe ar an Oileán; Tory Island after the Prophecy ( 2005), Fear na nOileán ( 2006), agus "Tribe of Gods" (2020).Sa caint seo, tá Loic ag tabhairt léargás dúínn faoina scéal féin maidir leis an Cartlann Beo Oileán Thoraigh atá mollta agus cé comh tábhachtach is atá an obair seo dar leis.www.lughfilms.com

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Eric Luke - PhotojournalistA wonderful glimpse into the stories behind the timeless photographs of Eric Luke, a photojournalist who has been creating stunning photographs on Tory Island since the 1970's.***************Eric Luke - Fóta-iriseoir agus grianghrafadóirSa píosa seo, tugann Eric Luke leargás dúinn ar an tslí a tháinig sé go dtí Oileán Thoraigh den gcéad uair, sna seachtódaí. O shin, tá gaol láidir ag Eric le muintir an oileán.Tá scéalta álainn aige le roinnt dúinn anseo agus muid ag féachaint ar sampla beag ón gcartlann grianghrafanna a bheidh á roinnt aige ( ach cearta na phictiúirí á chosaint fós aige féin ).www.ericluke.com

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Steve Coleman - Author and Lecturer in AnthropologyWe hear from Steve Coleman, American born anthropologist and lecturer at Maynooth University. Steve first became interested in Irish culture through his encountering the Connemara born sean nós singer, Seosamh 'O hÉiniú in Seattle.He briefly explores the concept of a Living Archive and how important and valuable archives have become today for animating culture and providing a rich source for the living clay of our music and song tradition in Ireland today.*******************Steve Coleman - Údar agus léachtóir in Antraipeolaíocht, Ollscoil Maigh Nuad.Is de shíor na Meiriceánaigh é Steve ach tar éis dó seal a caitheamh le Seosamh Ó Éanú, an t-amhránaí cáiliúil i Seattle, cuireadh ar an bhealach é i dtreó cultúr na hÉirinn.D' éírigh leis teanga na Gaeilge a fhoghlaim agus caith sé am i nGaeltacht Rath Cairn i gCo na Mí - áit a bhunaíodh tar éis gníomhacht pholataíóchta ar son cearta teanga i measc phobail na Gaeltachta. Ba é Mairtín 'O Cadhain, ceann de na scríóbhneoirí ba mhó a bhí mar ghuth láidir san ngluaiseacht sin. Sa píosa seo déanann Steve machnamh ar an coinceap a bhí ag 'O Cadhain faoi "Cré bheo" agus "Cré marbh" - agus a cuid smaointí féin ar conas gur féídir Cartlann a feidhmiú mar " Cartlann Beo".

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As part of this first phase of this new initiative, we are gathering support for the archive, reflecting on the archive materials that we have and exploring ideas about what a "Living Archive" might look like.Click on the buttons below to view these recordings


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Anne Marie Nic RuaidhríIs léiritheoir Lughfilms í Anne Marie, a rugadh agus tógadh ar oileán Thoraigh. Sa píosa seo cloisimid fúithí faoin tábhacht a mbaineann leis an obair seo chun foinsí dúchasacha a mbaineann leis an oileán a choimeád le chéile in áit amháin ar son muintir na n-oileán is an t-aos óg.*********Anne Marie, producer at Lughfilms, was born and raised on Tory Island. Here she speaks to the importance of gathering all the heritage and cultural materials of Tory Island together in one place, for the people of Tory Island and future generations.

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Louis Brigand
Professor of Geography at the University of Brest & European Maritime Institute
Speaking about his support for the Tory Island initiative, Louis also shares about a similar project that he has been involved in for the Breton Islands.¸Louis BrigandIs Ollamh Tíreolaíochta é Louis Brigand atá ag obair le Ollscoil Brest agus an Institud Mara na hEorpa.Ag caint faoin obair atá ar súil aige sa Fhrainc leis na n-oileáin Briotánach, tugann Louis léargás dúinn anseo agus léiríonn sé áthas ag súíl le co-oibriú linn ar an dtionscnamh seo.

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RTÉ ARCHIVE FOOTAGEThe following are a series of news reports filmed by RTÉ on Tory Island.Please note that when you click on the images below this will bring you to the website of RTÉ and you can navigate back to this page by pressing the back button on your browser.§NUACHT SCÉALTA Ó CARTLANN RADIO TEILIFÍS ÉIREANNSeo linn cúpla sean-taifead déanta ar oileán Thoraigh ag RTÉ.Le do thoil - brú ar na pictiúir thíos le dul go dtí suíomh cartlainn RTÉ. Beidh ort teacht ar ais go dtí an suíomh seo le bhrú ar an cnaipe siar i do bhrabhsálaí browserˀ

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AN CARTLANN -- THE ARCHIVE

At present the tangible materials of our collection for the Tory Island Living Archive includes, the personal archives of Fr. 'O Peicin, Archives of the Irish Islands Trust & the film archives of Lughfilm . We are delighted to have the support of Lillis O Laoire who has a collection of many sound recordings from the cultural life of the island. Photojournalist, Eric Luke has also kindly agreed to share his fantastic images for the purposes of this archive. Tristan Clamorgan has also given his permission to access photographs from his time on Tory. We look forward to gathering together the many other sources that we believe will come to light through this initiative.Can you help ?If you have some materials
that you would like to contribute to this archive,
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toryislandlivingarchive(AT)gmail.comThank You - Go raibh míle maith Agat

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Lilliis ‘O Laoire is a native of Gortahork on the northwestern coast of Donegal.Lillis is a respected singer in his own right and a teacher at the School of Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway.He is author of the book "Creag i Lár na Farraige" published by Cló Iar-Chonnachta in 2002. This book is also available in english translation as “On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean, Songs and Singers in Tory Island”.In the introduction to his book Lillis writes of his relationship with Tory island :“I have been interested in Tory since childhood and often visited the island. Building on primary school experience, I developed an active interest in Gaelic song, initially through the recordings of Clannad, and gradually in the old style (sean-nós), under the influence of my university teacher and mentor, Professor Brendán Ó Madagáin, an acknowledged authority on Gaelic musicology,I became aware that a large body of such song could be found “live” as it were, on Tory island, literally almost on my doorstep. Accordingly, I began to pay more attention to the island once again, and I became acquainted with many islanders, some of whom I got to know very well."Lillis is a respected singer in his own right and a
teacher at the School of Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway.

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Maritime HeritageMaritime heritage of Tory Island includes all the various forms of knowledge, traditional celebrations, lore of the sea, songs, practical fishing skills and the traditions of boat building that evolved along the Irish coast. Acknowledging the key role of fishing as a source of income and livelihood for the people of Tory island - this is an important focus for this collection.

The Iona Currach
a lecture by Donal Mac Polin
This is a lecture delivered by Donal Mac Polin an artist, boat builder, author and well known authority on Donegal currachs as part of the 1500 anniversary celebrations of St. Colmcille on behalf of Donegal County Council.Tory Island was a significant monastic settlement for many hundreds of years, and the remains of a once extensive monastic complex on the island includes a round tower. The island would have been the first stopping point for visitors to Ireland from Iona. Both Tory and Iona are key sites among the many monastic settlements founded by the famous prophet, healer and leader of Celtic Christianity, Colmcille.In this lecture, Donal Mac Polin explores the evolution of the skin boats of Ireland and imagines what kind of currach would have been used by Colmcille in his journey from Ireland to Iona.