Museum Launches Hidden History App
Hidden History of Louth features in new iPhone app
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 took time out from her busy schedule to visit Millmount Museum in Drogheda where she met 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 attending 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, be it the local on an afternoon or day out in their own county, those from around Ireland enjoying a weekend break in Louth or indeed those international visitors looking for
places of interest to include on their itinerary.
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 in Dundalk to associated exhibits.
The Louth Hidden History app has benefitted greatly from a funding allocation by the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Speaking about the project, Brian Walsh, Curator, County Museum, Dundalk said "Louth has numerous attractions which for one reason or another don't always get the credit they richly deserve.
"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 developed. "Currently, there are 12 locations listed on the app but we intend to expand on those in the near future."
Dundalk Town Council Cathaoirleach, Marianne Butler who attended the official launch also welcomed the new Louth Hidden History App.
“I’m delighted that this unique and easy to use App has been developed in a project led by Dundalk Town Council via Brian Walsh in the County Museum, and incorporating the Louth based MOR Solutions and Ciaran McGuinness of Archer Heritage & Planning.
“This free App will, I am sure, play a great part in making our Hidden History known to many people across the globe, and hopefully we will see as many of them visit the County as possible.
The Louth Hidden History App is currently available free to install for iPhones and plans are in place to adapt the app for other smartphone brands and iPads.