Fadó Fadó, Life Long Ago

Take part in the great gathering of photographs from Ireland’s past.


We are appealing to people during COVID-19 to contribute to an online repository of photographs, films and stories that reflect the social, economic, educational, religious and cultural life in Galway and Ireland in days gone by.

Known as the BEO (Irish for ‘alive’) Digital Local Heritage Online Archive Library, its websites have attracted over 4.5 million views.
The primary method of gathering this historical material has been up until now through events hosted by schools, community and heritage groups.

However during the present lockdown, when so many of us are confined to our home, we are asking people to look in their family albums and elsewhere, particularly for photographs, that could provide a fascinating insight into the way of life of the Irish people up to 1973 when Ireland became a member of the European Union (European Economic Community-EEC). Joining this international entity helped speed up a process of societal change that was already occurring in how we worked, travelled, shopped, were entertained and educated. It is life before this historical milestone that we are most interested in capturing.


Access the Flyer here: Fado Fado Poster Gaeilge and English


When forwarding the photo(s) to [email protected], please provide where possible the following information:

• Name of sender:

• Year when photo was taken:

• Location A: Townland/Urban neighbourhood (street, housing

• Location B: County

• Location C: Town/city (if applicable)

• Event: e.g. wedding, farm activity, sporting, school, family
holiday, festival, religious)



BEO is coordinated by the Insight Centre for Data Analytics of the Data Science Institute at NUI Galway in association with the Heritage Office of Galway County Council and the Galway Education Centre.



Please note that the photographic, video, audio and text retained and processed on the BEO websites are solely for the public interest and for historical research. By providing the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway, with material, you confirm that you have the right and/ or permission to provide the material and confirm that such material may be included in the BEO Digital Local Heritage Online Archive Library.

Should any person feel any material on the BEO websites should be removed please contact: [email protected].
The University Data Protection Page has details of your data protection rights(access requests, rectification, erasure, portability, objection, lodge a complaint) and procedures: https://www. nuigalway.ie/data-protection/datasubjectrights/. The University Data Protection Officer can be contacted at: https://www.nuigalway.ie/data-protection/contactus/ The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner can be contacted at: https://www.dataprotection.ie/en/contact/how-contact-us.

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