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Tánaiste announces free historical app to mark St Patrick’s Day during Ireland’s EU Presidency

Culture, European Union, Press Releases, Ireland, 2013
‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ - a gift from Ireland to the world

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has announced a free historical app to mark St Patrick’s Day during Ireland’s EU Presidency.

‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ is free to download across the world until the end of the month as an app for smartphones and tablets or as an e-book to any computer. The download is part of a project supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in association with the Royal Irish Academy, the Irish Times, the National Museum of Ireland and Adobe. 

When people download the app they will have everything from the axeheads and gold hoards of early Ireland, to the Book of Kells and St Patrick’s Bell, to the Intel microprocessor chip and the Eileen Gray chair at their fingertips. They will also have a map to encourage them to come and see the objects in person.

The Tánaiste said,

“This unique project will give people across the world the chance to download their own virtual treasury of Irish history and culture.  It demonstrates how our history is shared worldwide particularly on St. Patrick’s Day.

It will make Ireland’s ancient and modern history accessible for audiences in any country as well as being a resource for cultural centres, schools and Irish studies programmes internationally.”

A link to download the app can be found at the Irish Presidency website, www.eu2013.ie/100objects

This gift will be highlighted by the Embassy network and travelling Ministers in St Patrick’s Day events in Europe, the US and around the world.

The app, produced using Adobe Publishing Suite, is available for free download from now until  31 March 2013.