Heritage Lottery Fund has granted CAIRDE Teo the sum of £52,500 for Eamhain Mhacha Heritage Apps project based at Navan Fort. The project will result in the creation of two Bilingual GPS Mobile Applications, one for young children and their families and the other for older teenagers and adults. Macha Media and Digital Key will be working along side CAIRDE Teo and the ‘SEAS’ young Enterprise group to produce the two heritage apps.
CAIRDE Teo is an Irish language community owned enterprise that provides employment, work experience and training opportunities. The purposes and aims of CAIRDE Teo include:
- the advancement and promotion of the Irish language, culture and arts;
- the advancement of community development, in particular but not exclusively by: the creation of employment and training opportunities for the unemployed; the provision of rights, welfare and legal advice and training and developing the capacity and skills of members of socially and economically disadvantaged communities;
- the advancement of education and training;
- the provision of recreational facilities and activities for those who by reason of youth, age, infirmity or disablement, poverty or social and economic circumstances have need of such facilities;
- promotion of diversity and the open expression of ethnic, cultural and linguistic identity;
- promotion of active participation in the cultural and artistic life of the community in Armagh City
The ‘SEAS’ youth enterprise project
‘SEAS’ are contributing to the The ‘SEAS’ youth enterprise project aims to increase the capacity of young Irish speakers in Armagh City to generate revenue and employment using their own unique set of skills and experience. The young people, aged 16 to 21 years old are on a ten month programme which will equip them with the necessary skills and experience to identify gaps in local product and service provision and to explore social entrepreneurial solutions to local issues. The group consists of Dáire Ó Dufaigh, Cara Ní Mhurchú, Kerri Ní Gharmaile, Bríd Nic an Fhailí, Megan Ní Mhocháin, Breandán Ó Scanláin, Caolán Ó Machail, Shannón Nic Mhánais, Fiona Nic Mhánais, Caoimhe Ní Loinnsigh, Marcas Ó Garmaile and Ciara-Jayne Thornton.
Macha Media is an independent production company established in 2012 by Antaine Ó Donnaile, former Commissioning Editor, Irish Language, in BBC Northern Ireland. Following his doctorate from the University of Ulster (1995), Ó Donnaile spent eighteen years at the BBC, working as producer and then senior producer on factual and specialist factual output, before becoming Commissioning Editor in 2007. Macha Media has two major documentaries in production for the national Irish broadcasting channel, TG4. One is a historical documentary on communism in Ireland through the experience of one prominent party member in the early to mid-twentieth century. The other project is an examination of contemporary Ireland through the eyes of 1,000 young people (15–21 years) who will film the nation as they see it on their own mobile devices. Currently in development for TG4 is a 6-part documentary series on Irish people imprisoned in the Tower of London, from 1205 until 1916.
Digital Key Limited
Digital Key Limited is a creative digital company that produces educational, location-aware apps, games, audio and video. The business collaborates with government, educational, cultural, heritage bodies to identify a focussed digital strategy that ensures unique and engaging user-experiences. For each project, Digital Key thoroughly researches the subject area and audience to devise and produce appropriate, user-focussed, digital products that increase engagement with educational content and themes. Digital Key has produced apps around the walls of Derry and Carrickfergus Castle. See the Projects page on the website, or contact via email to find out more.