Tuesday 23 January 2018

App of the Week – 1916 Easter Rising Audio Trail

1916 easter rising
1916 easter rising

Daniel Anderson

This week's App of the Week is Irish-made and brings you on an audio tour of Dublin to the sights of the Easter Rising

The centenary of the Easter Rising is almost upon us, with the April 24th date drawing close. The occasion is being celebrated with numerous events throughout the year, including re-enactments on the streets of Dublin and educational programmes to celebrate the brave freedom fighters who died to birth the nation of Ireland.

100 years later it can be hard to imagine these scenes taking place in our capital city, with many of the historically important buildings still standing. If you want to get a new perspective on the Rising, you can check out our App of the Week- 1916 Easter Rising Audio Trail.

This educational app uses a variety of different media to bring these events to life. Using sophisticated GPS tracking it uses a live map to lead you to more than a dozen historically important locations in Dublin and presents text notes to tell you exactly what happened there. You can also listen to these notes as an audio recording, perfect for walking around the location as you learn.

There’s plenty more in the app as well, including photographs which show these locations as they were 100 years ago, so you can compare what has happened with the passage of time. Video footage is also included of the early 20th century as well as interviews with survivors from 1916.

A full listing of all the Volunteers from the Rising is also included, listed by garrison.

The 1916 Easter Rising Audio Trail app was developed by Irishman Stephen McDonagh, born out of his interest in the Rising and presents a unique way to bring history to life while walking the streets of Dublin.

The app is available now on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

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