Huge turnout at launch of Edenderry history audio app

The app brings the town's rich history and modern tech together

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly

Huge turnout at launch of  Edenderry history audio app

Huge turnout at launch of Edenderry history audio app

There was a full house at Byrne's Lounge on Friday, January 26 as a crowd gathered to launch an audio app dedicated to the history of Edenderry.

The app and event were a collaboration of Edenderry Historical, Tidy Towns and the Lions Club members in the town. MC for the night, Mr Tom Reilly, welcomed all to the unique occasion which sees three committees coming together on one project for the betterment of the town and the people of the town.

"Great credit must go to all members involved in all three groups who have worked diligently over the last two years to bring us to the launch tonight," Tom said.

There is 14 tracks on the Audio App which is delivered through a voiceover by a professional actor and the information on the app came from hours of research by the members of the historical and Tidy Towns members.

"The finished product is brilliant and easy to listen to Audio App which helps you do the tour of Edenderry in one or more walks or listen to the town's story in America, Australia or further afield," he added.

You can download the app on the Abarta Heritage website and listen to the history of the many places of historical interest in Edenderry.

In conclusion Tom thanked Cllr. Noel Cribbin who first proposed the project and to Ciaran Reilly, who not only played a huge part in collating all the history and information, but also in dealing with the Heritage Department in acquiring and drawing down a grant of €4,500 towards the overall cost of €7,500.

Tom Reilly then introduced speakers on behalf of the three groups and Cllr Liam Quinn, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, to officially launch the app.

All speakers spoke of the delight in being involved in the unique project and of the quality of the finished product which can do so much for the town. They expressed hope that schoolchildren from the local schools would be brought on the tour, that the people of the town, both those from the town and the many thousands that have moved into the area, and emigrants who have left the town, will all take an interest in the local historical sites and this app.

Noel Cribbin spoke on behalf of Edenderry Tidy Towns and how the members really got involved in this project with the historical members. He commended the knowledge and level of detail shown by the historical members in putting together all the information.

Noel also outlined to the huge crowd that this project was the latest that the Tidy Towns members were involved within the last several years and reminded the gathering that the canal walkway, streetscape, murals, the new flower planters and hanging baskets are all projects that the members have delivered for the town.

He also mentioned new plaques for each historical site on the app, thanking local company Nevada Signs for supplying these "top class products."

He concluded by thanking their hosts, Byrne's Oakwood Inn for finger food and a great night had by all.

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