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Old Irish Sydney

Media Release: March 6, 2014 in Arts |

Old Irish Sydney a new self guided walking tour app will go live on March 13 which highlights the city of Sydney’s Irish heritage.

Download the app from March 13.

On Thursday March 13 (4 days prior to St Patricks Day) a new free app will go live offering a self guided one hour walking tour highlighting the city of Sydney’s rich Irish heritage.


Sydney will become a place which is a lot closer to the towns, cities and people of Ireland.

The app content has been compiled by staff at the Dictionary of Sydney, with the assistance of a group of local Irish and Irish-Australian historians. The tours contain over 40 images (historical and contemporary) and 13 audio recordings written and narrated by local Irish actors Aine de Paor and Maeliosa Stafford.

The tour can be walked in 1 hour or broken into two, half an hour walks. Each tour is simple to follow with a GPS-enabled map of the route and its stops. Detailed text, audio commentary and stunning historical imagery reveal the stories of the Irish characters, events and architecture that have transformed the city of Sydney.

The app has been funded by the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Programme. I am really delighted that the new Irish Walking Tour app will be launched during the Sydney St Patrick’s Festival this year said Caitriona Ingoldsby Consul General of Ireland in Sydney.

I am also very pleased that the creation of the app has been funded by a grant from the Irish government’s Emigrant Support Programme. Our aim is that, through this app, is that more people will become aware of the very strong Irish heritage and history of this wonderful city.

Eleven destinations are covered in the sixty minute tour. Historical moments are frozen in time including The Irish Famine memorial in the Hyde Park Barracks which commemorated the dislocation of the Irish community by famine and emigration plus the St Patrick’s Day Riot, which took place in Hyde Park in 1878.

The free app is available for both Apple and Android devices.

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Emma at Emma Collison Publicity on 9326 5554 or 0418 584 795