Launch of Brendan Duddy Digital Archive

This new online resource contains digitised items from the archive of Brendan Duddy, the Derry businessman who maintained and operated a secret channel of communication between the British government and the IRA Army Council for twenty years. Duddy was a key figure in the 1975 ceasefire negotiations, the 1981 Republican Hunger Strikes, and ceasefire talks between 1990 and 1994 and was the subject of Peter Taylor’s BBC documentary ‘The Secret Peacemaker’. The digital archive makes available documents such as secret communications concerning the 1975 ceasefire; ‘the Red Book’, being Brendan’s diary of transcribed phone negotiations to help bring a resolution to the 1981 Hunger Strikes and also documents relating to critical moments from the Peace Process of the early 1990s.

Date/Venue: Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, Room G010, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

Programme:           Venue: G010

17:00                       Interviews with Duddy family members, with Dr. Niall Ó Dochartaigh

18:00 – 18:30           Questions and Answers/ Discussion

18:30 – 18:40           Launch of archive and introduction: John Cox, University Librarian,
with Professor Lionel Pilkington speaking on the digital archive and its value to scholarship

18:40                       Demonstration of digital archive by Aisling Keane, Digital Archivist

18:50                       Reception – Venue G011

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