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Welcome to TechArchives

Welcome to TechArchives2018-08-14T09:53:59+01:00

TechArchives is a project that collects stories from Ireland – stories about the country’s long and convoluted relationship with information technology.

We record the recollections of pioneers in computing, software development and network services, publish them on this web site and preserve them, plus related digital files, in a secure repository that future generations will be able to consult.

Dive into the interactive timelines on this site to retrace the emergence and evolution of key technologies and industry sectors. Then read personal testimonies by authors whose experiences seldom feature in other public records. And visit the anniversaries section for retrospective accounts of landmark events.

Newsmail, operating as a social enterprise, manages the TechArchives project with support from Ireland’s information technology community.

23 May 1978: ‘I gave a lot of demonstrations where I switched off that computer after 45 minutes’

The first crop of Apple computers in Ireland made its public debut 40 years ago at an exhibition in the Burlington Hotel. These systems were attached to television sets instead of monitors, stored data on audio cassettes instead of disks and did not yet run business applications. Teachers, however, did not mind such limitations and became early adopters of the Apple II.

Read more in the anniversaries section

As this site grows, it will cover a broader range of subjects, present a more diverse set of stories and feature a greater variety of content inside the testimonies. TechArchives depends on the willingness of individuals to tell their stories and to supply documents, images and files. All contributions are very welcome.

Write a testimony
If your experience falls into the subject area and timeframe of one of our archives, we would like to talk to you. In particular, we want to add testimonies from people who were involved in organisations and projects that are not covered by the existing contributors. We will provide guidelines and practical assistance with planning, fact checking, writing and content management.

Provide source material
We collect, index and preserve documents, photographs, illustrations and other digital records associated with information technologies in Ireland. What can you add ?

Commission special projects
The timeline tools and information management methods used on this site can support private projects as well. Discover Memory-as-a-service.

Make a donation
Last, but definitely not least, we need donors and fundraisers to provide financial support for TechArchives. The easiest way to assist is to click on the PayPal link below. Contact us directly if you would prefer to donate through a different channel.

Latest Testimonies

John Nolan
MicroPro software engineer 1981-93

John Ryan
Independent Newspapers programmer 1969-86

James Mahon
Sord Computers engineer 1982-85

David MacDonald
Lotus Development Ireland general manager 1984-87 / International Translation & Publishing CEO 1998-2000