Virtual culture trail helps Offaly visitors plan trip to Dublin

OFFALY visitors to Dublin city can now plan their cultural trip to the capital from the comfort of their own home or on the move using the brand new Dublin Culture Trail (DCT).

OFFALY visitors to Dublin city can now plan their cultural trip to the capital from the comfort of their own home or on the move using the brand new Dublin Culture Trail (DCT).

The exciting new, free and interactive web-based and iPhone application virtual trail and mapping device gives visitors to Dublin city a window into the ‘hidden’ cultural life of the city’s finest visitor attractions.

The first of its kind, the Dublin Culture Trail, will take Offaly culture enthusiasts on a journey of discovery and adventure using stunning video content, supplemented with practical venue information, location maps, upcoming events, special offers and photo images. A window into Dublin’s world of culture is delivered through an original snapshot video of each venue. Footage is delivered in documentary style broadcast quality, giving a real life flavour of the architecture, collections, scenery and atmosphere presented in these venues. The iPhone application also has built-in GPS and mapping functionality, making navigation around the city even easier.

Ensuring that no cultural stone will be left unturned, people can access the FREE Dublin Culture Trail and iPhone application through its website, become a fan on Facebook or follow the trail on Twitter They can also download the FREE app from the iPhone app store.

According to Dublin Historian, Pat Liddy, “Dublin is among one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Its very uniqueness is not always as well known as it should be but there are literally surprises and hidden treasures, many of international significance, around every corner and often hidden away from casual observers. Now visitors needn’t miss anything that could really enhance their visit and add that special ‘wow’ factor.

The Dublin Culture Trail features 16 of Ireland’s leading cultural venues all located in the heart of Dublin city and within short walking distance from each other. The venues include Dublin City Hall, Trinity College Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios in Temple Bar, Chester Beatty Library and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. It also features three outdoor markets (Food, Books and Design) and four outdoor spaces located in Temple Bar.

According to Gráinne Millar, Head of Cultural Development, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, “The Dublin Culture Trail and downloadable app is a fantastic resource for visitors when planning a visit to Dublin. We have a unique cultural offering and the DCT will offer visitors a glimpse into the city’s distinct history, heritage, tradition and vibrant contemporary cultural life – it’s a wonderfully creative way to experience the city and it is all about bringing culture to life for people in their home or on the move”.

Dublin Culture Trail is an initiative of Temple Bar Cultural Trust in partnership with Software Design, Red Diamond Media, Davis Events – a consortium of Digital Hub Companies, funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Temple Bar Cultural Trust is working with Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland, Dublin Tourism and Culture Ireland to promote this new initiative internationally.

“Dublin Culture Trail is a new culture product for Ireland that is designed to support Government plans to increase tourism numbers to Ireland to 8 million people by 2015,” said Ms Millar.