visitors to the Rock of Dunamase can now listen to an expert guide as they walk through the heritage site near Portlaoise.
A new downloadable audio guide is soon to be launched by Laois County Council, developed by Abarta Audio Guides. Section by section, it explains the complex history of Laois’ historical seat of power, using atmospheric background music and a professional actor.
It is one of many new audio guides to heritage sites recently launched by Abarta, including the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle and Clonmacnoise. These cost €1.99 to download, but The Rock of Dunamase guide is free.
Catherine Casey, heritage officer with Laois County Council, expects it to attract many extra visitors, including locals.
“It will bring in a huge amount of tourists. It is a great resource for the people of Laois. Abarta have a background in archeology and have done their research very well. The history of the Rock is complex, and it can be difficult to get across without a guide, This takes you around the site, telling you where to stand, and interprets what you see,” she said.
Not only is the guide free for users, but Abarta did not charge Laois County Council to make it.
“They asked for our help in promoting it if they produced it, so it is a win-win,” she explained.
The council will officially launch the guide in the coming weeks, but it is now available for downloading to devices such as phones and ipods.
“A lot of people go to the Rock to enjoy the view, I hope this will make it a richer experience,” said Ms Casey.
To download the guide, go to abartaaudioguides.com/our-guides/rock-of-dunamase-audio-guide or see Laois Heritage Forum’s link on facebook.