Computer game brings Cu Chulainn back to life
The story of Dundalk's mythical hero Cú Chulainn is being brought to life in a new bi-lingual computer game.
'In Cú Chulainn's Footsteps', which features music by Clannad, Sharon Shannon and Kila, was launched in Croke Park on Monday.
The game is the brainchild of Spaniard Francisco Blzquez who fell in love with Irish culture when he came here as a 18 year old student.
On his return to Madrid he attended Irish language classes and learned about the famous Irish legends.
'Ireland has wonderful mythology, as great as Greece or Rome, and it also has it's music which has come down the centuries,' he says.
Now living in Trim, Co Meath with his wife and three children, Francisco has his own company, Duineacu, which develops 3D software for any application, from websites to videogames.
He has received support from Foras na Gaelige and TV4 in developing 'In Cú Chulainn's Footsteps', which is aimed to children aged 8 to 12 years.
Players have to lead Cú Chulainn through a mysterious island, solving puzzles and riddles to find the way out of there. But it's not just an adventure game as it acts as a portal to Ireland mythology, with players accessing information about Irish culture, music, literature, sport, and legends to find keys to the game.
There is also a schools' version to convert the game in a powerful tool for teachers, allowing them to change most of the content of the game. And players can switch from using English or Irish, helping them to develop language skills.