Download Discover Navan Fort Heritage App

photograph of presenter Cormac Ó hAdhmaill

Videos are presented by Cormac Ó hAdhmaill

Download the new Discover Navan Fort Heritage app, free from the App Store.  Let  Cormac Ó hAdhmaill be your guide as you explore this unique historical location. The Discover Navan Fort Heritage app features presenter-led video clips that showcase the rich archaeological and mythological heritage of this important prehistoric site.

Navan Fort in the Iron Age - Site B Stone Cairn

Navan Fort in the Iron Age – Site B Stone Cairn

Videos are located at  11 information points  around Navan Fort. These videos are available in English and Irish and feature maps, reconstructions and re-enactments that relate to each location. The site’s  Late Bronze Age and Stone Age origins are explored and its association with the heroic Ulster Cycle revealed.

The app can be enjoyed anywhere but it is best experienced at Navan Fort Co. Armagh. On location, at Navan Fort,  GPS will trigger video content relating to your location, off location video is triggered by clicking the information points on the map.


The mound at Navan Fort

The mound at Navan Fort

Download the app using a WIFI connection, and make your way to Navan Fort, which is situated 2 miles outside Armagh City. Choose your language; English of Gaelige and select your location.




Map showing markers that indicate video content located at navan Fort

Markers indicate video content located at Navan Fort

At Navan Fort: use the map to explore the location and locate information points. When you reach a point, video relating to that location will play. Off location, you can still view the videos by clicking on the information points.



Cú Chulainn’s Challenge in the App Store

cu_challenge_homev3Cú Chulainn’s Challenge (formally known as Setanta’s Challenge) is now available, free to download, from the App Store for iPhones.  Cú Chulainn’s Challenge is an adventure game for children that explores the rich mythological heritage of Navan Fort / Eamhain Mhacha. This atmospheric app is available in English and Irish and uses video and audio to recount the heroic tales of Setanta/ Cú Chulainn.

Cú Chulainn’s Challenge game

Navan Fort or Eamhain Mhacha is a place of of epic tales where great heroes have been made. But the heroes of Eamhain Mhacha are in trouble – King Conor Mac Neasa and his Red Branch Knights are under a spell at the top of the mound. Only a warrior like Cú Chulainn, can help them to escape, but Cú Chulainn is away fighting!

Cú Chulainn's bridle bit

Cú Chulainn’s bridle bit

Can you find six of Cú Chulainn’s most treasured belongings that are hidden around Navan Fort? If you can, you will gain his strength and cunning and break Macha’s spell and free King Conor and his men.




But it won’t be easy, Queen Méabh’s spies and soldiers are all around and they will try and take Cú Chulainn’s weapons and tools for themselves.

Cú Chulainn's Challenge map

Cú Chulainn’s Challenge map

Cathbhadh the druid, your spirit guide from the otherworld, will help you with your mission, use the map to find all six items to defeat Queen Méabh and to set King Conor free.




More information on getting to Navan Fort and playing  the game is available on the Cú Chulainn’s Challenge App page. NB The app uses GPS to  embed the game play at the historic site of Navan Fort and cannot be played elsewhere. The app will also be available for Android devices in the New Year.

Filming Setanta’s Challenge

Setanta’s Challenge is the first of the two bilingual Navan Fort heritage apps. Setanta’s Challenge aims to bring the rich mythological heritage of Navan Fort to life for the under-12s. The app features an interactive treasure hunt and video footage that recount the adventures of Setanta/ Cú Chulainn at Navan Fort.

King Conor and his men are suffering from the curse of Macha and are trapped at the top of the mound. You must find  Cú Chulainn’s weapons which are hidden around the fort to defeat Meabh’s spies and free King Conor and his men.


The following gallery contains photographs from filming Setanta’s Challenge video sequences.  Antaine filmed the video for the app with the help of the  Irish Arms …

Navan Fort Apps Brainstorm 1- themes

Antaine O’Donnaile from Macha Media and Ellen Bell from Digital Key joined CAIRDE Teo and the SEAS Enterprise group for a brainstorming session at the Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency. After some initial research into the mythology and archaeology of the site, it was  time to focus our efforts into shaping the themes and narratives for the Eamhain Mhacha Heritage Apps project. The brief is to create two interactive, multi-media mobile apps located at Navan Fort, one for young children and their families and the other for older teenagers and adults. The apps will contain multi-media resources in the form of adventure games triggered by satellite GPS. The apps will be for the benefit of the local community as well as tourists visiting the area and would be available in the Irish language as well as English.

The aim of the brainstorming session was to ascertain which characteristics of Navan Fort made it unique and engaging for visitors. We needed to identify the learning outcomes  and the themes to be used to engage each target audience.  The session was broken down into stages in order to gradually build up a more detailed description of the target user and the content of the app.

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Cú Chulainn adaptations

According to  Irish mythology Emain Macha (Navan Fort) was founded by the warrior queen Macha and is legendary capital of Ulster in the Ulster Cycle of tales. Some of the most famous names in Irish legend are associated with the location: King Conchobar mac Nessa, Cú Chulainn, Queen Mebh and Deirdre of the sorrows. Below are some links to onscreen adaptations of the story of Setanta / Cú Chulainn.

Setanta – the boy Cú Chulainn [Part 1] by Claiomh Productions

Setanta – the boy Cú Chulainn [Part 2] by Claiomh Productions

The Life and Times of Cú Chulainn

The Life and Times of Cú Chulainn is a series of in 6 x 5 minute animations that illustrate key events in the warrior’s life .

Some further links to information

Navan Centre and Fort

Navan Centre's Iron Age  dwelling

Navan Centre’s Iron Age dwelling from

As one of Ireland’s most famous and important archeological sites, the legendary Emain Macha home of the famous Red branch Nights and Ulster Cycle of tales is a place where myth and reality meet.

The centre offers visitors a unique historic interpretation of the area through a stimulating multi-lingual exhibition, which uncovers the facts and findings of Emain Macha …