Discover little hidden treasures

Pictured at the launch of Lakeland Treasures app for iphone were [Back row l. to r.): Mairead NiChongaille, Longford Heritage Officer; Colm Breheny, Failte Ireland; Amanda Pedlow, Offaly Heritage Office; Larry Bannon, Midland Regional Authority; Eanna Rowe, Waterways Ireland; Bernadette Solan, Westmeath Heritage Officer; Fintan Cooney, Pat Murtagh, Roscommon County Council.  Front row l. to r. Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer; John Bonham, Chairman, Midland Regional Authority; Kathrina McGirr, Waterways Ireland; James Bannon, T.D., and Ruth McNally, Midland Regional Authority.  [Photo: Derek Cullen, F�ilte Ireland]
Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and the Midlands Regional Authority have joined forces to launch a new, free ‘Lakeland Treasures’ app for the iPhone.

Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and the Midlands Regional Authority have joined forces to launch a new, free ‘Lakeland Treasures’ app for the iPhone.

The app targets the family market and highlights the excellent range of heritage attractions the region has to offer.

“With the phenomenal growth in the use of mobile technology this Lakeland Treasures app will ensure that visitors to the area will have at hand all the information needed to make their visit both enjoyable and memorable,” outlined Fáilte Ireland’s Colm Breheny.

He pointed out that the initiative began as a “pilot project” and developed to what it has become today.

Clonmacnoise, Athlone Castle, Strokestown House, Emo Court & Ardagh Heritage Village are included on the APP and Éanna Rowe, Co-Chair of Lakelands & Inland Waterways outlined that the county councils in Longford, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath had also come on board.

He explained, “I wish to thank everyone for their effort in producing what we hope will become the number one tool for visitors to the Midlands.”

Mr Rowe continued, “Start anywhere in the Lakelands and the app will take you to the nearest attractions. With clues, hints, and a secret to be revealed at the end, it is fun for all the family, young and old.

“The guide section gives the family just enough information on the key heritage features and their beauty to enhance their visit to the Lakelands.”

This latest initiative between Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and the Midland Regional Authority - under the Lakelands & Inland Waterways banner – together with County Councils in Laois, Longford, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath looks set to play a key role in the development and delivery of the app in conjunction with creators, Nimble Tours.

The app links to places to eat, stay, and other attractions by closest proximity, ensuring you and the family are never without fun, entertainment or hospitality even without wi-fi cover.

Lakeland Treasures is free to download from the app store and while there you can also download the Longford App.