Council developing heritage trail app for Clondalkin

by Padraig Conlon
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South Dublin County Council has signed a contract to develop a heritage trail mobile app for Clondalkin Village.

The Self-Guided Walk Historical Trail of Clondalkin App is an amalgamation of five proposals, which included an app, information signage and audio tour of the Clondalkin Village Heritage Trail.

Following a tender and evaluation process, the council chose Mobanode Ltd to deliver the mobile heritage trail app for Clondalkin Village.

Mobanode will deliver a fully interactive, user-friendly and user immersive heritage trail app available in multiple languages to highlight the wonderful history and heritage of Clondalkin Village, whilst increasing the footfall in the area from both national and international tourists.

The app will have a map of Clondalkin, and the heritage locations integrated within the app so no data will be used by any user which is essential for international visitors.

It will also draw more attention to The Round Tower Visitor Centre as it will be a focal point of the trail.

It is anticipated that the heritage trail app for Clondalkin Village will be available for download to mobile devices within the coming months.

The idea for the app came from the €300K – Have Your Say participatory budgeting initiative run in Clondalkin, Rathcoole and Newcastle last year where members of the public were asked to suggest funding ideas and then vote on a short list of agreed projects.

Frank Nevin, director of Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Development said: “The most efficient and beneficial way of delivering the suggestions for Clondalkin was to introduce a downloadable app which will be compatible with all mobile devices and tablets”

“As apps are a major part of most people’s lives, the objective is to create a fun, exciting and engaging app to not only showcase Clondalkin’s wonderful heritage but to also make it an engaging experience for users of all ages.

“The app will also integrate with Dublin’s Outdoors to highlight weekly events, tours and businesses in the area.”

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