App to bring Joyce short story to new audience

Monday 06 January 2014 19.38
The app has been developed by the UCD Humanities Institute, Vermillion Design and Athena Media
The app has been developed by the UCD Humanities Institute, Vermillion Design and Athena Media

One hundred years after James Joyce's "The Dead" was first published, a new iPad app relating to it has been launched.

The closing story of "Dubliners" is regarded by many as the greatest short story of the 20th century.

The new app includes the full story read by actor Barry McGovern, plus period images and podcast commentaries.

It has been developed by the UCD Humanities Institute, Vermillion Design and Athena Media.

They said it aims "to make academic and archive material accessible and available digitally in an open, creative and innovative way to the general public and to an international audience".

They said it demonstrates that this story can be enjoyed by new generations in new ways.

"It shows the clear potential for collaboration between cultural heritage and new technology to create new opportunities for arts, scholarship, media and design in Ireland and globally," they added.

The story begins with a party in 15 Usher's Island on 6 January, the feast of the Epiphany and the last night of Christmas.

Gabriel Conroy and his wife Greta enjoy the company, dancing and music.

When Greta hears the song "The Lass of Aughrim" sung by another guest, she remembers the young man who once loved her and sang to her on another night.

Gabriel then discovers his marriage and his life are not all he imagined them to be.