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Friday 2 December 2016

New Dublin tourism app brings rebellion, war and empire alive

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Pictured is Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD with Viking Actors, Niamh O'Rourke and Dave Swift from Claiomh.ie.
Pictured is Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD with Viking Actors, Niamh O'Rourke and Dave Swift from Claiomh.ie.

Visitors to Dublin will be able to retrace the steps of the city's history from pre-historic, to empire, rebellion and civil war - all with the help of an app.

The new mobile phone application by Failte Ireland will bring Dublin's history right into the 21st century.

The Dublin Discovery Trails app was officially launched by Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe yesterday, and will allow users to explore four new themed walking trails with their smartphones.

The themes of Rebellion, The Story of Dublin, Echoes of War and Empire will be the focus of the trails, which the Minster said will revolutionise Irish tourism.

"Visitors get the most out of a destination when they have the tools and assistance which help them to explore a new place for themselves," Minister Donohoe said.

"In the 21st century, this has to include multi-media guides and apps."

The free app is available for Android or iOS, and provides audio guides, commentary, personal accounts and images for the new Dublin Discovery Trails.

The first of these concentrates on the theme of Rebellion, retracing the events of 1916 with stops including Dublin Castle, Trinity College, the General Post Office and the Garden of Remembrance.

The Story of Dublin theme takes visitors further back through Dublin's 1,000-year history via City Hall, Christ Church Cathedral, St Audoen's Church and Smock Alley Theatre.

The Echoes of War trail focuses on Kilmainham Gaol, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the National War Memorial Gardens and Collins Barracks to bring to life stories of war and rebellion.

Importance

Finally, Empire aims illustrate Colonial Dublin, when the city was of major importance within the British Empire. Stops include Dublin Castle, Bank of Ireland and St Patrick's Cathedral.

It is hoped that the initiative will generate increased revenue for Dublin City.

Speaking at the launch, Failte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn said the trails will enhance the experience of visitors.

"In turn, will encourage them to spend longer in the area, thereby increasing footfall and spend," he said,

"Importantly, developments such as these strengthen the capital's calling card as a 'must-visit' destination."

Over the last two years, Fáilte Ireland has invested over €4m to develop and promote the Dubline, an existing tourist trail which takes visitors from Kilmainham Gaol to Parnell Square via Trinity College.

The new routes are intended to further open the city up, providing more ways for people to explore some of the capital's prominent historic sites and attractions.

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