Nollaig Shona Daoibh ! Happy Christmas to You All!

As the year draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the incredible journey we’ve shared in 2023. It’s with immense gratitude that we acknowledge the remarkable progress and connections we’ve forged within our community.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you. Your commitment, creativity, and collaborative spirit have elevated our shared mission, enriching the Wikimedia landscape and fostering a culture of knowledge-sharing and inclusivity.

2023 Wikimedia Community Ireland Highlights

As we approach the year’s end, we’re excited to reminisce and celebrate some of the incredible highlights that have defined our year. From changes and transitions to inspiring collaborations, these moments remind us of the collective strength and potential within our community.

2023 has been a year of change for our group. We hired our first Irish Language Officer, Amy O’Riordan, to improve our outreach in Irish, our long time Project Coordinator, Rebecca O’Neill, stepped down, and we hired a new Programme Manager, Sophie Fitzpatrick. What I am most proud of this year is how, even with all of this change, we still had another year of successful programs. Amy has contributed immensely to the Wiki Women Erasmus+ project, which will, by the end of 2024, provide school and student toolkits for editing Wikipedia in Irish for the first time. Sophie has hit the ground running, expanding our outreach on social media platforms and running several successful online editing campaigns. I look forward to another year of innovative programs to bring the sum of all knowledge to everyone in Ireland in both English and Irish!  

-Shannon Co-Chairperson
For me, the best news this year was the appointment of  Amy O’Riordan as Oifigeach Gaeilge le Pobal Wikimedia na hÉireann. Bhuail mé le hAmy don chéad uair i mbliana  ag an Oireachtas i gCill Airne, agus tá súil agam go mbeidh deis agam bualadh léi le haghaidh caife agus comhrá san athbhliain. Guím gach rath uirthi, agus ar ndóigh más féidir liom aon chúnamh a thabhairt di níl le déanamh aici ach ceist a chur orm!
B’fhéidir go mbeadh fonn ar ‘Wikimedia UK’ í a fhostú chun Tuaisceart Éireann a chlúdach chomh maith! Nollaig shona!
-Éamonn (Ériugena) Irish Language Editor

The WikiWomen Erasmus+ Project initiative to address the under-representation of women on Wikipedia and to elevate minority languages in the digital space with the development of the educational toolkits certainly was a major focus of 2023. But, the keystone event for me was the welcoming of Amy, our first Irish Language Officer at Wikimedia Community Ireland. With this expansion of our team we continue to push into new areas and expand our community presence. I remain encouraged with the community feedback that our focus be on supporting the good work done on Vicipéid. I think it is important to focus on Irish content in the Irish Language. The encyclopedia projects are the first destination for the vast majority of students performing academic research. It is important that local knowledge is available without the filters of translation. I’m excited to continue to accelerate our impact into the new year.

-Eugene Co-Chairperson

Dia dhaoibh a dhaoine uaisle!  Toisc go bhfuil deireadh na bliana ag teacht anois, seo iad mo chuid machnaimh ar 2023. Ó mhí Iúil, nuair a thosaigh mé sa phost seo. d’aimsigh mé cuar céar foghlama ach ag an am céanna grúpa pobail a raibh (agus a bhfuil) cairdiúil agus cuidiúil. Táim fíorbhuíoch as bhur gcuid cabhair! Ba é an t-Oireachtas buaicphointe an bhliain domsa, mar tá alán suim ag daoine faoi Vicipéid agus ar Wiki na mBan chomh mhaith, agus nascanna déanta le haghaidh imeachtaí agus píosaí oibre a dhéanamh. Táim aag suil go mór leis an Athbhliain agus na himeachtaí atá ag teacht! Ba é tionscadal Wiki na mBan buaic eile ó 2023, tá an-cuid déanta againn agus níos mó le déanamh. Beidh seoladh an tionscadal ag an gcomhdháil Celtic Knot an bhliain seo chugainn. Bheinmis buíoch dá bhféadfadh daoine a chur in iúl dúinn cad atá uaibh don imeacht sin agus an suribhé a líonadh amach. Beannachtaí na féile chuid gach duine agus feicfidh mé sibh i 2024! 

-Amy Irish Language Officer


Wiki Loves Earth International Winning Photo Taken at Phoenix Park

Last week the winners of the Wiki Loves Earth International Photography Competition were announced. Among them, was a powerful photograph taken at Phoenix Park in Dublin Ireland by MetAddyOliver.

The photo won a special prize in the “Human Rights and Environment” category that accepted images capturing the impact of human activity on the environment.

This year the Wiki Loves Earth International photo contest supported the initiative #Wiki4HumanRights, in partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Its goal is to raise awareness of nature protection and human impacts on nature.

The photo portrays how environmental pollution threatens biodiversity worldwide. You can find out more about this image and take a look at the other images here

A portrait of a deer with its eyes covered by a green sythetic net in the wild.

Photo by MetAddyOliver, CC BY-SA 4.0.

HER-ald: HER archives, literature, documents

On December 14th our Irish Language Officer, Amy attended the Her-ald: HER archives, literature, documents Event at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media and Mná 100, the seminar aimed to enhance the visibility of Irish women scientists, scholars, authors and others by bringing together archival practitioners, librarians, historians, and other stakeholders to discover, discuss and disseminate women’s archival collections. 

The seminar included discussions about ‘The Playwright on the Stairs: Recovering Archival Loss of Irish Women Theatre-Makers’ with Dr Barry Houlihan, Archivist (University of Galway Library Archives), ‘Using the archives to write histories of queer female sexualities in Ireland’ with Dr Mary McAuliffe, Director of Gender Studies (University College Dublin) and ‘Her voice, through the works of Cartoon Saloon’ with Nora Twomey, Co-founder of Cartoon Saloon.

Notably, the event was held on the 105th anniversary of Irish women over the age of 30 exercising their right to vote in a general election for the first time. The event was of particular interest to Wikimedia Community Ireland, ahead of Art+Feminism which is coming up in January. 

Save the date! The Celtic Knot is back

We are delighted to announce that after several years of online conferences, the Celtic Knot Conference is back and will take place again in person! We are thrilled to host the conference in Waterford City this coming year. The dates, yet to be determined, will likely be in mid-September to mid-October 2024. 

The Celtic Knot Wikimedia Languages Conference aims to bring people together to share their experiences of working on sharing information in minority and minoritised languages. Our aim is to help people learn how to direct the flow of information across language barriers and support their communities.

If you are involved in underrepresented languages on the Wikimedia Projects, please help us design the program by filling out the community survey by January 21st.

You can read more and keep up to date about Celtic Knot 2024 on meta

Stay tuned for more details about the event, the program, and how to get involved in the new year! 

A nightscene at Waterford Harbour, showing pink reflections from the sky on the water.

Waterford by night, By User:Typhoon, CC AA 2.0


Keep an eye out in January, as WCI will be taking part in the global Art+Feminism Campaign.
In a 2011 survey 2010 UNU-MERIT Survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female; more recent research 2013 Benjamin Mako Hill survey points to 16% globally and 22% in the US. The data relative to trans and non-binary editors is basically non-existent. That’s a big problem. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: gaps in participation create gaps in content. Let’s change that!
Join us as we kick things off starting with an Online Editathon, to keep you occupied on dark January evenings!

Audenasr, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Monthly Meetings

If you want to get more involved with the group next year, just let us know and you can come along to the first meeting of 2024 in January. We meet once a month on Zoom (usually a Tuesday at 7 pm) when we discuss and plan our events and campaigns, just email to join.

To keep up to date join the mailing list.

Want to hold a Wikimedia Event?

If you, your group, or organisation want to run a virtual, in-person, or hybrid Wikimedia workshop, we can provide a Zoom space in which we can hold an editing or other workshop for you and your colleagues. Get in touch:

PabloBarcelona at English Wikipedia CC BY-SA 3.0

As we prepare for the festivities and bid farewell to 2023 let’s take a moment to revel in these accomplishments and appreciate the progress we’ve made together. Thank you for being an integral part of Wikimedia Community Ireland. Here’s to a wonderful conclusion to this year and to the promising opportunities that await us in the times ahead.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh – Happy Christmas to you all and happy new year!

Le dea-ghuí,

Wikimedia Community Ireland