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Duncan Stewart Launches Kells Heritage Audio Guide

Duncan Stewart Launches Kells Heritage Audio Guide

Duncan Stewart Launches the Kells Heritage Audio Guide - 23rd April 2014

The rain held off and there were moments of pure sunshine as TV Presenter and leading environmentalist Duncan Stewart walked the route of the new Kells Heritage Audio Guide.

During the stop off at the Headfort Arms Hotel for the official launch, Duncan congratulated the Kells & District Tourism Forum for being ahead of the game when it came to providing tourist information for visitors.

Lucy O'Reilly mentioned that the audio guide was a natural progression from the Kells Tourism Brochures that the Forum launched in 2012.

Neil Jackman from Abarta Audio Guides, who provided the technical end of the guide, was present on the day and walk and Duncan was delighted to meet him and find out about the other guides that Abarta Audio Guides had developed.  Neil told the group earlier that the guide is being downloaded by people in the United States, Australia and Canada - the download rates are increasing all the time.

Kells Town Council cathaoirleach, Cllr. Oliver Sweeney, welcomed Duncan to the town and expressed his delight in being a part of the Tourism Forum and its aims.   He thanked Duncan for taking the time to lend his name and support to the project.

Meath County Council cathaoirleach, Cllr. John Farrelly, who is also president of Kells Chamber and chairperson of Meath Tourism, also welcomed Duncan and placed Kells in its context as an important part of the new Boyne Valley Driving Route that is being marketed abroad by Fáilte Ireland as one of the Top Ten Destinations in Ireland.

Cllr. Farrelly reviewed the recent Boyne Valley Conference held at the end of February in the City North Hotel, and told the audience that since then there has been a sharp increase in the amount of people and businesses that are looking to get involved in the Boyne Valley project.


Kells Leading the Way

Duncan mentioned that Kells was leading the way in showing how other small towns and communities could get things done and that other surrounding towns could take the same steps themselves.  He said it was important for these towns then to connect with each other - and towards the end of the launch Lucy explained that the Boyne Valley Driving Route was the mechanism for linking all these community projects together in a coherent fashion for the tourist or visitor to the area.

The Fáilte Ireland Boyne Valley Driving Route app will link up seamlessly with the Kells Heritage Audio Guide, by bringing the visitor to the town - where then the Kells Guide will take the visitor around the town.  The visitor can then pick up the Fáilte Ireland app again which will take them to Oldcastle, or Navan, Slane - whichever direction they are travelling in.

 The Kells & District Tourism Forum would like to thank the following:
 Kevin Stewart, Director of Services for Meath County Council for his attendance
•    Cllrs. Oliver Sweeney and John Farrelly for taking time out of their day to be in attendance, and for their kind words
•    Volunteers from the Kells & District Tourism Forum who provided a welcoming presence, technical support, and throwing themselves behind the launch with their normal enthusiasm
•    Olivia Duff and the team at the Headfort Arms Hotel for sponsoring the room hire and refreshments for the launch
•    Peter Mooney (Grangeclare Paddocks) for providing the portable sound system
•    Angela Carpenter for opening Columcille's House
•    The committee of the Church of Ireland for opening the Church and displays for our visitors
•    Cllr. Conor Ferguson for his wonderfully crafted bowl made out of larch - fallen wood from the Teltown estate which was presented to Duncan Stewart
•    William Fitzsimmons for his lovely speech outside Bective Square where his relation Maureen O'Hara's father had his forge
•    Elysha Kelly for providing wonderful refreshments in her beautiful garden at the Butterfly Café at the end of the day
•    And last (but not least) - the members of the Kells Camera Club that trailed round with us enthusiastically for the walk round the town - John Moore, Elaine Stack and Simon Blackburn
•    And certainly last (but definitely not least!) the people of Kells and surrounding areas that came for the walk with us - your enthusiasm for heritage and the history of Kells is definitely palpable and demonstrated
You can listen to a sample of the audio guide at the Guidigo platform -
Kells & District Tourism Forum - "Promoting & Marketing Cultural Tourism in Kells & District".

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