Finalists: Digital Tourism

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Ballincollig – Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills: Mobile Phone App

The PowderMills App is a digital pocket tour guide, allowing users to explore the ruins of the, Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, the single largest industrial archaeological site in the island of Ireland, established in 1794. The user points their phone at a building and is presented with a 3D view of what buildings looked like over 200 years ago. A truly interactive experience marries technology with the rich history and culture of Ballincollig and presents information including history of the building, floor plans, old photos and audio or video clips. Key to the success of the project is a committee including Software Engineers, Testers, User Experience Designers, 3D modellers, a Solicitor, an Architect, a Photographer, historians and archivists


Ballyvaughan – Linking the physical and digital worlds via interactive signage

Ballyvaughan has pioneered the development of interactive outdoor recreation tourism infrastructure to link physical walking and cycling trails to the digital world. Interactive signage allows trail users to take and submit selfies and upload them by touching a trail post. Cyclists can see details of a coming hill by touching the sign and the “strava” segment will automatically open on their smartphone. IoT flood sensors are being installed on sections warn tourists of flooded sections of trails and people counters to monitor trail usage for the management committee.

Cork – Cork Tourist Guide

Junior Chamber International has the ambition for its Cork Tourist Guide to ‘become the face of Cork that the world can see’. With no previous experience in this area the team took on the challenge to create an online guide to showcase the rich historical diversity of Cork and how it has played a major role in shaping the Ireland we have today, multi-ethnic in population and a place to invest grow and relax. This guide aims to support the tourism and hospitality sectors and indeed all small businesses in Cork that have been severely hit during the pandemic by educating people no matter where they are in the world on what Cork has to offer.

Gleann Cholm Cille – Building a digital cultural infrastructure for our community

Gleann Cholm Cille, a Gaeltacht community in southwest Donegal, is noted for its breath taking landscape as well as its rich history, folklore and musical traditions. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the community has worked together to build its digital competencies across all age groups and produce a living and inclusive digital repository of our rich cultural heritage that is easily accessible to everyone at home and abroad. This has proved to be a focal point for intergenerational learning, community involvement and cooperation, promotion of the Irish language, and a valuable asset for tourism in the region.

The upskilling projects undertaken included digital content creation, videography, sound recording, editing and design. Heritage and arts practitioners were connected with community members working in IT and digital media and a collaboration with experts in DCU School of Geography, using the ArcGIS digital mapping platform, has created a public online repository of local placenames, folklore and archaeology.

Kildare Town – Innovative Digital Tourism in Ireland’s Ancient East

Using a strategic approach to digital technology, Kildare Town has enhanced its visitor experience.  Commencing with an upgrade to the website, an online booking system was created for the town’s social media and VR experience, ‘The Legends of Kildare’ which is delivered in several languages including Mandarin Chinese to cater for an ever growing number of Chinese Visitors to nearby Kildare Village.

An Audio Guide to the main sites in the Town allows self-guided walking through the heritage sites of Kildare town and is linked through QR code at the Heritage Centre. Revised maps to highlight the experience, a new interpretation at the 3 abbeys with QR codes and an Acorn trail for families all complement the experience.