Athlone Castle; Where History Comes Alive
Positioned near the centre of Ireland, Athlone has been at the heart of Irish history for millennia. From its earliest origins, innovation and change have swept up the River Shannon and made Athlone a key crossing point and frontier. From the hunter-gatherers and first farmers who used Athlone as a ford in the distant prehistoric past, to the armies of King William who brought a new social order to Irish life, Athlone has been integral to the story of Ireland. A visit to Athlone Castle allows you to walk in the footsteps of kings, presidents, soldiers and generals as you explore tales of bitter battles fought, territories won and lost, and tales of bravery and sacrifice.
We were delighted to work with Athlone Castle in 2016, when Abarta Heritage were awarded the contract to produce a multilingual audio guide experience with an audio hardware system for the castle, along with an accompanying smartphone app. The project was funded through the Ireland’s Ancient East Capital Grants Scheme by Fáilte Ireland.
We worked alongside staff in the castle to weave stories, facts and history together, into an accessible, informative and enjoyable visitor experience. We provided the content on high-quality, reliable and user-friendly handheld devices and translated the stories into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese (Mandarin), to ensure visitors from all around the world can enjoy the remarkable stories of Athlone.