Tuesday 12 December 2017

Public can help choose key sites for 1916 walking tour

The GPO in Dublin
The GPO in Dublin

THE public is being given the opportunity to choose key sites to be included in an Easter Rising walking tour via an app.

The tour will see people taken through landmark locations of the 1916 Rising, with the list including the Four Courts, Dublin Castle and Moore Street.

Other locations included on a shortlist drawn up by the app's creators are Boland's Mill, Trinity College, the GPO (inset), the Royal College of Surgeons, Liberty Hall, Jacob's Biscuit Factory and Collins Barracks.

The app is part-funded by the Irish Research Council and the UCD Humanities Centre, and is the brainchild of Dr Amber Cushing and Dr Benjamin Cowan of the UCD School of Information and Communication Studies.

The app will allow the public to choose their preferred tour destinations, as opposed to having the list compiled by librarians, archivists and historians.


It is hoped that the app, which is free, will be launched next April, in time for the 1916 centenary celebrations

It will be built using an adapted mobile platform and will act as a mobile guide to accompany people on the tour.

People can vote for their top five historical sites from tomorrow on www.siteselection1916.net, and have until October 10 to cast their vote.

Voters are aided on the site with an audio narrative and archive photographs which accompany every historical site, and anyone who submits their top-five sites along with their email is in with a chance to win a €100 voucher.

Earlier this week, the Taoiseach launched the 'Flags for Schools' as part of next year's centenary celebrations, which will see the Defence Forces deliver the national flag and a copy of the proclamation to every primary school in the country.

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