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The Greatest Short Story of the 20th Century: The App

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Article by From The Front Row © 6 January 2014.
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The Dead is regarded by many as the greatest short story of the twentieth century. The closing story of Dubliners, first published in 1914, it begins with a party in Ushers Island on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany and the last night of Christmas.

Now on January 6th 2014, UCD Humanities Institute is delighted to announce the release of an exciting new iPad app – including the full story read by renowned actor Barry McGovern plus period images and podcast commentaries –  available to download free from the Apple App Store.

At number 15 Ushers Island on the 6th of January, Kate and Julia Morkan hold their annual dinner party. Gabriel Conroy and his wife Greta enjoy the company, dancing and music. When Greta hears the folksong, ‘The Lass of Aughrim’ sung plaintively by another guest, she remembers the young man who once loved her and sang to her on another snowy night. And Gabriel discovers his marriage and his life are not all he imagined them to be. Listeners to Lyric FM will be first to hear the recording by Barry McGovern of the poignant story on January 5th at 8pm.

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PS Barry reading The Dubliners

For many the universities, their archives and collections – and academics – are seen as exclusive, private and difficult. The Dead iPad app project makes academic and archive material accessible and available digitally in an open creative and innovative way to the general public and to an international audience – and demonstrates that this story can be enjoyed by new generations in new ways.

Working with award winning design and broadcast partners Vermillion Design and Athena Media, the app 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. It is the final output of a number of UCD Humanities Institute and John Hume Global Irish Institute projects funded under the competitive HEA Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, which combined private philanthropic and public funding from 1998 onwards. Images and audio are available to media on request. Gerardine Meaney (UCD Humanities Institute), Anne Brady (Vermillion Design) and Helen Shaw (Athena Media) are happy to talk to media about the projects genesis and realisation

The app includes :

  • 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
  • Many wonderful rare and unseen images of Dublin at the time
  • 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

Download the app for free by clicking this link!


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