“A true County Kildare production” - that was how Mario Corrigan described the new free heritage audio guide app, launched by the Mayor of Kildare last week.
Mr. Corrigan told the launch at Aras Bhride on Wednesday April 2 that Abarta, the company who made the app, are based in Kilcock and have a recording studio in Straffan. Not only that, the narrator is Kildare’s own Liam Quinlivan of the Silken Thomas Players.
Mayor Mark Wall said Kildare Town had a rich and varied history. He said the Heritage Trail app made history more accessible for locals and tourists alike. He said Kildare was revolutionising the way heritage and projects were carried out and the app would compliment the services already available such as the walking tours.
“This is a shining example of what local communities can achieve in partnership with people like Brigid Loughlin, the Kildare Heritage Officer, the Kildare Town Heritage Committee, John Conway from Kildare Tidy Towns, Cill Dara Historical Society and the Grey Abbey Conservation Project.”
The app can be downloaded for free from the Kildare Heritage Centre websitewww.kildare.ie/kildareheritage/ It can be listened to at home, or on any smart phone and used as an aid while walking past the various sites. The app was funded by the Heritage section of Kildare County Council.
The audio guide is also available on CD from the Heritage Centre for €5. The 21 tracks include information on St. Brigid, St. Brigid’s Cathedral, Medieval Kildare, Dan Donnelly, The Grey Abbey and much more.
Neil Jackman from Abarta explained his company has been making audio guides all over the country, but this was the longest project they had produced. Coming from an archeological background, he said he loved to tell stories filled with such a rich history.
“The app has only been available a week and so far it has been downloaded by people in America and Australia,” he remarked,“The whole idea is to make it as accessible to as many people as possible”
Tom McCutheon from the Heritage Centre outlined how he plans to set up MP3 players so people can have a listen and get a flavour of what is on offer.