Tá an tEarrach linn! Happy Spring Wikimedia Community Ireland! It feels great to be emerging from the darker days and feeling more energized for the season ahead. March has been an exciting time for WCI, with Wiki Loves Folkore in full swing, International Women’s Day, and wholeheartedly embracing Seachtain na Gaeilge! 

International Women’s Day 2024

We celebrated International Women’s Day with the release of a special podcast episode. The theme of International Women’s Day 2024 is “Inspire Inclusion”  which prompts us to reimagine a world free from gender bias. 

This theme aligned perfectly with our WikiWomen Erasmus+ Project. This Project is a collaboration with partners in Ireland, the Basque Country, and Friesland, to address gaps in participation and content bringing minority languages and women’s representation together in the classroom. 

In the podcast Sophie and Amy discuss their experience so far, how libraries, schools, and third-level institutions can get involved, and the next steps. Sophie also interviews Amy about her experience in creating multilingual educational toolkits. They also discuss the importance of fostering language activism and promoting inclusivity through active Wikipedia work.

This podcast took place in tandem with the Wikipedia Celebrate Women Campaign


‘Seisiún Eolais Vicipéide’ with ADAPT at Rua Red Arts Centre Dublin

We traveled to Rua Red in Tallaght Dublin during Seachtain na Gaeilge to host an information session on Vicipéid, our projects that promote the Irish language, and also had time for some editing training as Gaeilge.

We were also joined by the ADAPT Center Team who discussed their project which uses AI to generate text in multiple languages including Irish. ADAPT is a  world-leading SFI Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology, that brings together academics, researchers, and industry partners to deliver excellent science and develop novel AI solutions.

This session took place thanks to the support of the Ciste Spreagtha from Conradh na Gaeilge. Míle buíochas dóibh! 

Image via Seactain na Gaelige

Information Session on Vicipéid in collaboration with Waterford Libraries

Amy also collaborated with Waterford and Dungarvan libraries to host information sessions on how Vicipéid/Wikipedia works, and the various projects that Wikimedia Community Ireland is doing to promote the Irish language, and also Irish culture, and heritage. 

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

For the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21st WCI took part in Wear Red Day. This is an initiative led by the Immigrant Council of Ireland to encourage schools, workplaces, and sports clubs to engage in anti-racism activities and to fundraise to provide crucial support for positive equality and pro-diversity work.

We must also acknowledge the persistent discrimination faced by our Traveller community. As highligted in the 2029 CERD report,Traveller rights as a key area where Ireland is failing to meet its obligations. For IDERD we shared this collection of resources for Wikimedians who would like to advocate for positive change, including the Changemakers Toolkit recently released by our collaborators Wikimedia UK. Find out more here

Call for Volunteers Irish Language Translation

WCI is a small team of staff and volunteers, who are passionate about what we do and always expanding our reach. We are currently looking for volunteers to get involved in our Irish language outreach work, specifically translation. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or taking on an internship please reach out! 

Last Call for Wiki Loves Folklore

The Wiki Loves Folklore Photo Competition is on for a few more days (running until March 31st), so get your entries in! The competition is an international celebration of cultural diversity and traditions and your chance to contribute to the preservation of culture and also win prizes.

If you have any photos from Paddy’s Day weekend, took a recent visit to a local site with lots of folklore surrounding it, attended a music or dance event, or even ate some traditional Irish food be sure to enter.

The aim of the contest is to capture the essence of Irish cultural narratives and traditions. Find out more here

Dieglop, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Jonjobaker, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Monthly Meetings

We will be holding our next community meeting in Early April. Please fill in this doodle poll with your availability. At the meetings, we catch up and discuss future plans. We really value the input and support from our community and would love to see you there!

Thank you for being an integral part of our Community.

Le dea-ghuí,

Wikimedia Community Ireland


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