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New Cultural Podcast Series in Celebration of Bloomsday

A new podcast series released in conjunction with this year’s Bloomsday celebrations features interviews with Ireland’s leading cultural experts.
A new podcast series released in conjunction with this year’s Bloomsday celebrations features interviews with Ireland’s leading cultural experts.

By Irish America Staff
June 16, 2016

A new podcast series released in conjunction with this year’s Bloomsday celebrations features interviews with Ireland’s leading cultural experts.

Today, Cultural Roadmapp will debut Tripod, a series of three 10-minute podcast interviews with leading lights of Ireland’s cultural scene, to be hosted on SoundCloud. The series syncs with a three-week online celebration of Irish culture and heritage crafted to amplify the “fun factor” in the transatlantic startup’s current crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The recently launched campaign seeks support for an innovative GPS-guided audio tour app about County Clare – the first in a series for motorists on the Wild Atlantic Way, the stunning 1500-mile touring route spanning Ireland’s west coast.

Tripod’s first week, focused on Irish language and literature, features a podcast interview on June 16 with Joseph Nugent, County Westmeath-born professor of English Literature at Boston College; Nugent’s own JoyceWays app offers a multilayered virtual tour of James Joyce’s Dublin.

Week two, spotlighting Irish music and dance, features Dr. Catherine Foley, course director of the University of Limerick’s master’s programs in ethnochoreology and Irish traditional dance performance; Dr. Foley is one of the world’s leading experts on Irish dance, dance anthropology, and dance ethnography.

The final week highlights film and television, featuring Joan Bergin, the Irish costume historian whose breathtaking costumes for television series The Vikings and the Tudors and numerous films have earned two Emmy Awards and a host of other honors. Other treats in store during Cultural Roadmapp’s online celebration include unique rewards for Indiegogo campaign contributors and blog posts, both geared to the weekly cultural themes.

Left to right: Joan Bergen, Catherine Foley, and Joe Jugent.

Left to right: Joan Bergin, Catherine Foley, and Joe Nugent.

Cultural Roadmapp’s audio tour app for County Clare, set to launch on St. Patrick’s Day 2017, is a thrilling three-hour immersive experience to be enjoyed over two days. Like the other audio tours in the Wild Atlantic Way series, the hands-free app senses landmarks ahead on the driving route, triggering the vehicle’s speakers to automatically play a sonic tapestry of interviews with cultural experts, storytelling, world-class music and literary performances, unvarnished humor, and beautiful narration, providing a delightful cultural and historical context to the landmarks ahead and the local area.

The App Explained from Cultural Roadmapp on Vimeo.

Unlike distracting standard travel apps and traditional guidebooks, the app uses the latest geo-fencing technology to let motorists keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the view as they listen. ♦

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Listen to Tripod here on Soundcloud.

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