New – Mullingar Heritage Walking Trail Trail App

Its holiday time and locals and visitors are looking for things to do around Mullingar.  Pictured above are members of the Mullingar Tidy Towns Committee – the people behind this Mullingar Heritage Trail App at a pre launch event at the starting point of this wonderful trail: – The Market Square Mullingar.   Pictured l to r  : Ger OConnor, Bill Collentine (Mayor), Tomas Nally and Willie Collentine – all members of the Mullingar Tidy Towns Committee.

What better than enjoy a free heritage trail of Mullingar that is Eco Friendly, HSE Covid compliance  friendly and user friendly where you will find an Aladdins cave of interesting places and facts about the town of Mullingar its characters and its historial locations.

With the difficulties surrounding bringing groups together since Covid controls have been put in place – Mullingar Tidy Towns Committee has come up with a fabulous solution with their Walking Heritage Trail of Mullingar – where you can dip into or take the full trial at your own leisure and you can do it on your own , with family or friends because its 100% on your smartphone and its 100% free to use. So whether you have 5 minutes or 3 hours to spare – you can enjoy any or all of this fantastic walking trail of Mullingar.

Its a self guided walking tour which will take you to the nearest heritage trail point to where you are standing and will walk you to any of the trail points – without you having to ask anyone for directions.

At each trail point there are interesting facts and history you can read or listen to on this Mullingar App and there is a selection of videos and images to help you more fully enjoy this trail experience.

You are guided through this trail by local people so you get a genuine Mullingar experience.

The official route allows you kick off with Mullingars “Answer to Everything” international music star statue of Joe Dolan and the historic Market House on the main square- This walking trail takes you through 15 trail points around the town, from medieval Mullingar to our latest international music star and proud ambassador Niall Horan, You will find out about famous people who visited Mullingar, important historical locations in the town like the town jail, underground passageways, the last hanging on Mullingar, see where executions took place in the Military Barracks – and be introduced to the writer James Joyce’s connection with the town. You are taken back to the 12th century and the Anglo Norman times and quickly forward in time to the mural  of Mullingars famous musical sons and daughters . Get to see  bullet holes in the wall of a pub – from civil war times.

Learn about the importance of the Railway Station in the history of the town and the murder of the stationmaster. There is information on the town’s connection with World War 1, the Easter Rising of 1916 and the military importance of our town.

Did you know that two famous movies were shot in Mullingar including “The Great Train Robbery”. Did you know a speech in Mullingar Military Barracks resulted in the resignation of an Irish President or that a local TD resigned as a Junior Minister over the closure of this Barracks?

The towns imposing Cathedral has mosaics by the world famous Russian artist Boris Anrep. Does anyone know where Padraic Pearse addressed the gaelic league in this town or where in Mullingar that Irelands Comhaltas Ceolteori Eireann was founded?  We are still only whetting your appetite as there is so much more to learn and enjoy on this free Mullingar Heritage Trail App.

Enjoy  an absolutely fascinating tour of the town and no matter where you are standing in the town – the app will take you to the nearest trail point, so you can start and finish where you like, or dip in and out of the trail points.

No appointment necessary – the trail is on your phone 24/7 so you choose when you would like to do this trail.

For locals and visitors alike – whether you have 15 minutes or 3 hours to spare – you are guaranteed  a fascinating and interesting experience of Mullingar.

Bill Collentine, Mayor and Chairman of Mullingar Tidy Towns Committee says he is delighted that the Mullingar Tidy Towns Committee has been able to give visitors another great reason to spend more time in Mullingar.  and that this   Heritage Trail app will be of ongoing benefit for visitors and locals alike. He is proud that the Tidy Towns Committee has found a way to highlight our heritage and in the times we are in – and  to do so in a way that is covid friendly, so anyone can do the trail on their own or with friends. “I am proud that this project from beginning to end involved so many local people and shows the great talent that is in this town – from our authors, our narrators, project managers and app developers and our own team in the Tidy Towns – all have a strong Mullingar connection. Its a Mullingar project by a great Mullingar Team.” This official launch of the Heritage Trail App will be announced soon. Mullingar Tidy Towns looks forward to adding more trails to this “Mullingar App” in the future. “ added the Mayor.

The depth of interesting local information on this trail was put together by local historian Jason McKevitt. The narrations are all by local people. The videography is by Sarah Jane Foster of SJf Productions @sjfproductions –  the App development, build out on both Apple and Android platforms and supporting literature has been managed and organised by Martin Nally and his team at Handyweb.ie @handyweb.ie  supported by their sister company Townapps.ie and the oversight of the project has been under the auspices of Mullingar Tidy Towns Committee. Thanks to Westmeath Leader for their huge input in support funding -without which this project would never have been possible. Also special thanks to the Westmeath Tourism Officer and Westmeath Heritage Officer and Westmeath County Council and the other people who helped get this project off the ground.

 

So do yourself a favour – whether you have a few minutes or a few hours to spare – dip in and out of the fascinating Mullingar Heritage Trail – tell your friends and acquaintances near and far to come to Mullingar and enjoy this fascinating walking trail.

The Mullingar Heritage Trail App  will be officially launched shortly and is now available to download for free on Google Play and the App Store by searching for “Mullingar App” on these stores or you can follow this link from your iphone, ipad or android device – http://onelink.to/2zz7tx 

 

 

 

 

 

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