Speaker spotlight: Orla Egan

Cork LGBT Digital Archive

“Cork has a long and rich history of LGBT activism, community formation and development. Yet this community, like many other LGBT communities worldwide, has been largely invisible in historical accounts and its contribution to social and political change and developments largely unacknowledged.

This paper will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities in developing a LGBT digital archive in relation to this vibrant, yet marginalised, community.”

Orla Egan

I have been actively involved with the Cork LGBT community since the 1980s, organising various events including the first ever Irish LGBT float in a Patrick’s Day Parade in Cork in 1992. I have published a number of articles on the history of the Lesbian community in Cork. I am currently working on developing the Cork LGBT Digital Archive. I have over 20 years experience working in the Equality, Education, Social Inclusion and Community Development arenas in Ireland. I am currently completing a PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities in University College Cork where I am a part-time lecturer / tutor in Digital Arts and Humanities, Women’s Studies and Applied Social Studies.

I juggle this work with full-time solo parenting of a fabulous 10 year old. 

Orla’s blog: https://orlaegan.wordpress.com/

Orla’s Twitter: @OrlaEgan1

Cork LGBT Archive

The Cork LGBT Archive aims to gather, catalogue, preserve and share information in relation to the Cork LGBT community. The Arthur Leahy collection is at the core of the Cork LGBT Archive. This is a private collection, gathered since the 1970s, and including posters, newsletters, leaflets and other items. In addition to this collection, items are also being gathered from other smaller collections and individual items held by members of the community. Oral histories will also be included.

See http://corklgbtarchive.com/admin/items/show/id/143 for short video about the archive.

Websites: http://corklgbtarchive.com/

http://corklgbthistory.com/

Twitter: @CorkLGBThistory

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CorkLGBTArchive/

Orla will be speaking on day 3 of the conference

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