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A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

By Royal Irish Academy

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This is the story of Ireland, told through photos, film and audio of the key objects in Irish history. Starting in 5,000 BC with the Mesolithic Fish Trap, you can trace the course of Irish history through to 2013 and a decommissioned IRA gun. Along the way, you can explore the significance of the Spanish Armada, the path of the Irish in America, the horrors of Bloody Sunday or the homesickness of Irish goldminers in Australia. Each object is featured via beautiful photography and an incisive short essay by leading Irish writer Fintan O'Toole as well as film or audio of the object giving its historical context. You can immerse yourself in this virtual history of Ireland for hours at a time, you can dip in for a minute, or you can even use the app as a guide and follow the trail of the objects taking in the country's leading museums and cultural institutions. 

This is a project of the National Museum of Ireland, The Irish Times and the Royal Irish Academy.

What's New in Version 2.1

Optimized for most recent iOS


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Customer Reviews

Great content, app a mess

I really wanted to like this, but it is awful. The content is fascinating (I'd give it a 4 or 5) but the app is a mess and torture to use. So bad I uninstalled it within a short period of time.

iPhone 4S problems

I download the app and its 47 MB big. No problem downloading it. While still connected to the internet, it shows all its content no problem but when i disconnect from the internet, the app continuously says “reinstall the app again and redownload it”. I do this and the same thing happens EVERY time I look at the app with no internet. It just seems to need to be connected to the internet for it to work. The content is fine its just the app just doesn’t seem to work without internet.

I gave this 1 star because of this fault. Please fix this

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects
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  • €2.99
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 8.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.

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