A 'talking statue' initiative was launched today in Dublin with some of the city's best known landmarks being given a digital voice.

People can use smart phones to listen to well known actors such as Ruth Negga and Brendan O'Carroll reciting monologues giving voices to 11 of the most prominent statues.

Some of the monologues were written by famous writers such as Patrick McCabe and John Banville.

Dublin's most famous statue - Molly Malone - has a monologue selected from a public competition. The winner Michaela McMahon from the US was studying in UCC at the time.

She said "I thought it would be an interesting piece to try and create. Most of the other statues involved in the project are commemorations of real people, which means that there is a wealth of information to draw upon.

"Molly, on the other hand, is more of a symbol. I had no idea what I thought she would say, and that was what really grabbed my attention".

Maria Doyle Kennedy narrates Molly Malone's story while James Joyce is narrated by Stephen Rea and Wolfe Tone by Brendan Gleeson.

Mark Roulette of Fáilte Ireland said the free facility is designed to bring Dublin's literary history to life especially for the city's seven million overseas visitors each year.