A free iPad app exploring James Joyce’s short story The Dead launches today, Epiphany - the same day as the story takes place and to mark the centenary of the publication of Dubliners.

Regarded by many as the greatest short story of the twentieth century, The Dead closes Joyce’s celebrated collection. It begins with a party in Dublin’s Ushers Island on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany and the last night of Christmas.

The new app from UCD Humanities Institute includes the full story read by renowned actor Barry McGovern plus period images and podcast commentaries and is available to download free from the Apple App Store.

The Dead iPad app project, which was developed by design company Vermillion Design and Athena Media, 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.”

• The app will include a recorded reading by Barry McGovern of the full text of The Dead.

• Podcasts which contextualise the story by commentators such as Catriona Crowe, Mary Daly, Anne Fogarty and Gerardine Meaney about Joyce, Dubliners, and the Dublin of the time.

• Rare and unseen images of Dublin in 1914.

• Architectural images and drawings describing the house and the architecture of the era.

• A video performance of The Lass of Aughrim filmed in the house on Usher's Island.

The Dead iPad app is available for download here.