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Navan Fort Heritage Apps

Digital Key worked in partnership with Macha Media to deliver the Navan Fort Heritage Apps project.  This Heritage Lottery Fund funded project for CAIRDE Teo resulted in two bilingual apps for Navan Fort; one for young children and their families; the other for adult visitors. Armagh Council has also provided funding assistance for the project which is supported by NIEA who own the world renowned heritage site outside Armagh City.

Discover Navan Fort app index page

 

The Discover Navan Fort app reveals the archaeological and mythological heritage of Navan Fort, one of the most important prehistoric sites in Ireland.

 

 

 

 

Cú Chullain's Challenge app index page

 

Cú Chullain’s Challenge is an atmospheric adventure game that recounts the tales of Setanta/ Cú Chullain to young visitors to Navan Fort.

 

 

As part of the project, Digital Key and Macha Media worked with a group of young people to design and develop the multi-media apps. The young people worked along side the multi-media producers to brainstorm themes and storyboard the narratives for each app. The Navan Fort Heritage Apps website documents the progress of the project.

Launch of the Navan Fort Heritage Apps Project at Navan Centre
Launch of the Navan Fort Heritage Apps Project

Navan Fort Heritage Apps

The Navan Fort Heritage Apps use video, audio and interactivity to bring the heritage of the site to life for the local community as well as tourists. The resources  are available in English and Irish language versions and can be downloaded for free from Play Store and and the App Store.

The Discover Navan Fort Heritage app features presenter-led video clips that explore the rich archaeological and mythological heritage of the prehistoric site.

Cú Chullain’s Challenge is an atmospheric adventure game that uses Geo-location technology (GPS), video and audio to recount the tales of Setanta/ Cú Chullain to young visitors.

 Navan Fort/ Eamhain Mhacha

Aerial image of Navan Fort
Aerial image of Navan Fort [copyright NIEA]
The site is a State Care Historic Monument in the townland of Navan, in Armagh City and District Council area. It is located on a low hill approximately 1.6 miles west of the city of Armagh (at grid ref. area H847 452). The site consists of a circular enclosure 250 metres in diameter, surrounded by a bank and ditch.

Inside the enclosure two monuments are visible. Off-centre to the northwest is an earthen mound 40 metres in diameter and 6 metres high. Also slightly off-centre to the southeast is the circular impression of a ring-barrow, about 30 metres in diameter.

Archaeological excavations have revealed that the construction of the 40 metre mound dates to 95 BC. A circular structure consisting of four concentric rings of posts around a central oak trunk was built before the whole edifice was deliberately burnt down and covered in a mound of earth and turf.

According to Irish mythology and historical tradition it was the capital of the Ulaid, the people who gave their name to the province of Ulster. Legend relates that it was founded by the goddess Macha in the 7th or 5th century BC, and was the seat of Conchobar Mac Neasa in the tales of the Ulster Cycle.

Find out more about the progress of the project at the Navan Fort Heritage Apps website or the blog feed below.