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Friday 18 April 2014

Louth's Hidden History features in iphone app

FREE APP FULL OF LOCAL INFORMATION AND FOOTAGE

Eanna Ni Lamhna celebrates the new Louth Hidden History App at Millmount Museum with Cathaoirleach of Dundalk Town Council, Marianne Butler, and Brian Walsh, Curator, County Museum.

THE HIDDEN historical gems of Co. Louth feature in a new free iphone application - Louth Hidden History, launched this week by Louth environmentalist and President of the Tree Council of Ireland Eanna Ni Lamhna.

Eanna visited Millmount Museum in Drogheda to meet with the team behind the Louth Hidden History App led by Brian Walsh of the County Museum, Dundalk; Graham O'rourke, Mor Solutions, and Ciaran Mcguinness of Archer Heritage & Planning.

Also in attendance were the county's four Cathaoirligh: Cllrs. Marianne Butler, Oliver Tully, Michael Farrelly and Kevin Callan.

The Louth Hidden History app allows visitors to the region browse the Land of Legends' historical attractions complete with footage from each site of interest.

The App segments the county into four geographic areas – Ardee, Carlingford, Drogheda and Dundalk – with details of specific sites of historical interest.

Available free on the App Store, the app is of great advantage to a variety of visitors to the county's historical amenities.

An added advantage is that visitors to the sites who want to delve deeper into history can then make their way to the County Museum and view associated exhibits.

The Louth Hidden History app has benefitted greatly from funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Eanna Ni Lamhna said ' This app is really the business. It is very easy to use and it contains a wealth of information.

' There is no longer any reason why Louth's interesting history should remain hidden. Get hold of this app and go and explore and enjoy the county.'

Brian Walsh, Curator, County Museum, said ' We wanted to create an app which allows people make the most of their time in Louth. By loading the Louth Hidden History app, people will have constant access to information on the various sites Louth has to offer.

'We really wanted the app to give people a flavour of the various sites and so we added some footage with concise information to help them decide where they would like to visit.

We've also linked the sights/sites to exhibits in the County Museum so that a greater insight of what was going on in the county can be presented to the user.

'For example, the Proleek Dolmen is linked to items in our prehistory section, thus viewers and visitors get a greater idea of what life was like at that particular period.'

Brian added that the app will be continually expanded.

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