Public asked to choose sites for 1916 walking app

A free walking tour app of the key sites of the 1916 Easter Rising is set to be launched next April.

However, rather than the sites being chosen by the usual list of museum curators, historians, librarians, archivists and other experts, the UCD team creating the app have decided to let the public choose the sites they think are the most important 1916 sites people using the app should visit.

Funded in part by the Irish Research Council and the UCD Humanities Centre, the app is the brainchild of Amber Cushing and Ben Cowan of the UCD School of Information and Communication Studies and is due to be launched in April next year in time for the centenary of the Rising.

The app plans to act as a walking companion for history fans and tourists complete with audio, pictures and text information about the key sites of the Rising.

The team at UCD is asking the public including students and senior citizens to let them know what sites they think are the most important and should feature in the app.

Anyone who selects their five most important sites on www.siteselection1916.net and submits their email address will be in with a chance to win a €100 voucher.

The UCD team have drawn up a shortlist of 15 sites around Dublin, which are:

  • Abbey Street
  • Four Courts
  • Jacobs Biscuit Factory
  • Stephen’s Green
  • Boland’s Mill
  • Collins Barracks (Royal)
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • Dublin Castle
  • Trinity College
  • Liberty hall
  • Church Street
  • Moore Street
  • Sackville Street
  • GPO
  • Clanwilliam Street

Each site has corresponding archival photographs as well as audio narrative about the site and its significance in the Rising, and the public can cast their vote up to October 10 on www.siteselection1916.net.

The app will be freely available to download for iPhone, iPad and Android devices from April, 2016.

Meanwhile, accounts of how Dublin priests ministered to the injured and dying during the 1916 Rising will be on display for the first time as part of the Archdiocese of Dublin Culture Night experience at the Holy Cross Centre, Clonliffe Road, at 6pm on Friday.

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