Dr. Natalie Harrower Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland on winning the Overall Ireland
3rd July 2019

Dr. Natalie Harrower Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland shares what winning not just 1 but 3 Ireland eGovernment Awards, including the Overall Award meant to her and her colleagues.

The Digital Repository was not a big project but one which had a large impact on the public and the Irish diaspora. With a small budget and a huge effort made by Dr. Natalie Harrower and her team resulted in the project winning multiple awards and national recognition.

“Inspiring Ireland from the Digital Repository of Ireland is a really innovative and really important solution to a problem: we have a wealth of cultural heritage in Ireland. This project was about making that information – that richness of cultural heritage – available to the country and to Irish citizen abroad. But not only Irish citizens – equally people who have an interest in Ireland” commented awards judge Paddy Hopkins (former Company Secretary at Enterprise Ireland).

Overall winners Ireland eGovernment Awards 2015 Digital Repository Ireland

From L-R: Dr. Sandra Collins; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD; Dr. Natalie Harrower

Natalie believes the attendant publicity enabled the Digital Repository of Ireland to win further funding for a series of exhibitions which contributed to the ongoing sustainability of the Digital Repository of Ireland, helping secure longer-term funding for what was initially a short term project.

Project Lead Dr. Sandra Collins (who has since become Director of the National Library of Ireland) said:

“Winning the eGovernment Awards mean so much to us, this recognition shows the value of our work and the passion and commitment of our amazing team in the Digital Repository of Ireland. Inspiring Ireland is a truly collaborative endeavor, and it shows the inspirational content in our Cultural Institutions, and their expertise and professionalism. We’re sincerely grateful for the eGovernment Awards, and for the support of our funders and our partners.”


Former winners and judges share what winning and Ireland eGovernment Awards means.

Jane Carolan, Director HSE, on why she is happy to be an ambassador for the Ireland eGovernment Awards

Dominic Bryne, Head of I.T. Fingal County Council, on the two big impacts winning had on Fingal Co Co and the public

Judges of the Ireland eGovernment Awards share their thoughts on former winners and the short list

2019 Ireland eGovernment Awards judges



by Maeve Kneafsey