The Claddagh Oral History project was initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020. It brought people together safely, at a time when they were at risk of more isolation and loneliness than ever before, to build connection between members of the Irish community in WA and celebrate and preserve our shared heritage. Eleven Irish seniors gifted us with their stories of migration and we are delighted to share them with the Irish community in Australia, the Irish diaspora around the world, our friends and family in Ireland and anyone else who is interested in the history of Irish migration.
We have collated edited extracts from all the project interviews in our book From Home to Home: Oral Histories of Irish Seniors in Western Australia. Read the book online or download a copy of the book.
The full collection of interview audio and transcripts has been lodged with the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) and will be housed in the SLWA Migration Voices Archive which is part of the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Programme. We’ll publish the link here when ready.
Our grateful thanks to the Government of Ireland’s ESP programme, major funder of the Claddagh Oral History Project. Thanks also go to the Australian Irish Heritage Association for part funding the printing of the publication.
Claddagh are so appreciative of the seniors and volunteers who committed to this oral history project and carried it out so well. We wish to thank our seniors who opened their homes and lives to us and shared details about their migration journey. And
we wish to thank our volunteers who committed significant time attending training, conducting interviews and helping with the extremely time consuming transcription. Without our seniors and volunteers we could not have completed this project.