Meet the characters from the Cú Chulainn’s Challenge App and find out how to play the game.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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!
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.
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.
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 …
In the late 18th Century, four Bronze trumpets were found by workmen in the boggy ground around Loughnashade, east of Navan. Subsequently three were lost and the surviving Loughnashade trumpet is kept in the National Museum of Ireland. The trumpet measures 1.10m and it was most likely used in Celtic rituals. It is thought Loughnashade was a sacred lakes where the Celts deposited precious goods in the water as offerings to their Gods.
- Short video from the NIEA/ Hidden Heritage series looking at the Loughnashade trumpet.
- History of Ireland in 100 objects: Loughnashade Trumpet
BBC Story of Ireland Episode 1 Age of Invasions
- Bronze and Iron Age Ireland 8.30′ – 16.10′
Clip from BBC 2’s Áit is Ansa series exploring Navan Fort .
DURATION: 04:51 A celebration of some of Northern Ireland’s most spectacular and famous landmarks, written by well-known Irish speakers. Dr. Ian Malcolm tries to unravel the closely guarded secrets that lie at the heart of Armagh’s Navan Fort.
Episode from Channel 4’s Time Team programme that visited Navan Fort
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 .