A new smartphone app has been launched by local bodies to boost tourism and enhance the experience for visitors in the Longford area.
Developed by Longford County Council in association with Longford County Tourism and the Midland Regional Authority, the ‘Explore Longford’ app was unveiled at a special Gathering event at the Backstage Theatre in Longford town last week.
“This app is designed to enhance visitors’ experience in Longford by providing information on places of interest throughout the county,” Longford Co Council’s Director of Services, Frank Sheridan explained to the Longford Leader. “Visitors can listen to interesting recordings providing information on 50 places of interest, and users can navigate using their phone’s GPS to guide them to destinations or to identify places of interest.”
The Explore Longford app can also be used to help trace family roots in the area.
“A section on genealogy is included for those interested in tracing their roots, including a listing of the cemeteries,” Mr Kiernan continued.
As well as acting as a guide, the app allows users to share their experiences through an in-app camera function, and for those seeking entertainment, Mr Sheridan added that, “an up-to-date events guide ensures the app’s ongoing relevance by providing information on upcoming events in the county.”
“Feedback from users has been very encouraging and Longford now has a unique selling point by being the first county in the country to enhance its visitors experience through the use of this modern technology.”
The app is now available to download free of charge for smartphones and other mobile devices through Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.
The event at which the app was launched was held to honour organisers of this year’s Gathering and to officially close the Longford Gathering 2013. Among the guest speakers on the evening was Gathering Ireland CEO, Jim Miley, who told the audience that Longford had “the third highest number of events per capita during the year, with over 130 Gatherings taking place around the county.”
Joe Flaherty, the event’s MC, spoke of the great sense of pride and commitment with which the local community got involved, and how many visitors “planned their holidays around their local Gathering festival” and that “ the numbers attending far surpassed the expectations of the organisers.”
A number of Gathering organisers joined in to tell their stories, and representatives from each local event were presented with a special certificate signed by President Michael D Higgins, which was presented by local councillors Sean Farrell and Peggy Nolan on behalf of the Longford Gathering Committee. Longford County Mayor, Larry Bannon, and Longford Town Mayor, Paul Connell, joined in expressing their appreciation for the huge dedication involved in making Longford’s Gatherings so successful.