Roscrea historian and author, George Cunningham, launched a new online multimedia heritage trail to the ancient monastic site of Monaincha, just outside Roscrea in North Tipperary, on Sunday last at a packed event at Roscrea castle complex.
The eight-stop Monaincha Heritage Trail contains, audio, video, illustrations and text, and is voiced by George Cunningham, containing a selection of his collection of fine illustrations about Monaincha and its monastic traditions.
Monaincha is part of the rich monastic heritage of the Roscrea area, and the trail complements George’s Roscrea Heritage Trail of the town of Roscrea. That trail was launched a year ago; both were produced by Roscrea native, and ex-RTE producer Aileen O ‘Meara.
Geroge Cunningham Launches The Monaincha Heritage Trail. The trail is available Online and was produced by Aileen O'Meara who is pictured here with George
The Monaincha Hertigage Trail was launched as part of Heritage week 2012, which celebrates Ireland’s rich and varied heritage. Built heritage is this year’s theme. The trail was funded by the Heritage Council.
‘It’s an exciting time for heritage, especially built heritage, in this area, said George Cunningham. Thanks to the support of the Heritage Council, Aileen O’Meara and I have been able to make these stories that make Roscrea’s fine heritage available online in a multimedia way. It also means they can be accessed on smart phones and tablets.
Mary Brennan & Mary Douglas Pictured At The Launch Of The Monaincha Heritage Trail
The Monaincha Heritage Trail is one of the first to be uploaded to a new website “hub” for heritage trails in Ireland avaiolable at www.heritagetrails.ie. The trail is the brainchild of producer Aileen O’Meara. I’m delighted that the Monaincha Heritage Trail with George Cunningham’s unrivalled knowledge of Monaincha is now on this new “hub” said producer Aileen O’Meara
‘In the coming days, we’ll also upload the Roscrea Heritage Trail, which combines audio, video and illustrations to show off Roscrea’s fine heritage, from its churches and castles to its more recent stories. The new technologies on smart phones bring alive the stories of our past in a whole new way, and thanks to the Heritage Council we’ve been able to make them for a new generation.
The Roscrea and Monaincha Heritage Trails will be promoted around Roscrea and in visitor outlets with the support of the Roscrea Heritage Society.