Ireland Under Siege app to interact with battle sites

1 May 2012

Minister Jan O'Sullivan; John O'Callaghan from the Department of History at UL; Jennifer Murphy, NAIRTL; and Robert Hutchison from UL, at the launch of the Ireland Under Siege app at the Hunt Museum in Limerick

Want to virtually immerse yourself in the Siege of Drogheda in 1649? Well, a new educational app is aiming to open up key Irish siege and battle sites during the 17th century to the masses. Known as Ireland Under Siege, the app will allow users to explore key historical siege sites, albeit virtually.

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, launched the learning tool today at the Hunt Museum in Limerick.

The free app is aiming to open up historical siege sites in Ireland to smartphone users so they can learn all about siege warfare in Ireland during the 17th century.

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Researchers at University of Limerick developed the app and website in alliance with NUI Galway and the Royal Irish Academy. The project has been funded by the National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL).

Via the app, users will be able to explore events that in 17th-century Ireland that brought conflict to Limerick, Galway, Athlone, Sligo, Drogheda and Londonderry/Derry.

The app also features resources such as maps, graphics, and illustrations of individuals, weaponry and fortifications.

A web-based resource for use in the classroom has also been created to complement the app, which is available on iTunes and the Android Marketplace.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic