St Patrick’s Cathedral App Embraces New Tourism Technology

By Lynn Glanville

Dean Stacey and Minister Ring

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, became the first iBeacon enabled tourism site in Ireland this afternoon (Wednesday March
25). The St Patrick’s Cathedral app was launched by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, as the 13th century cathedral embraced state of the art technology.

The new app, which can be downloaded for free at,
allows visitors to access multimedia information on key features of the cathedral through their mobile devices. As they walk through the cathedral the app automatically highlights points of interest on their smart phones or other wifi enabled devices.

The app uses iBeacons which are small transmitters. These have been installed at strategic locations around the cathedral and send information to visitors’ smart phones once they download the app.

St Patrick’s Cathedral is the first fully iBeacon enabled visitor facility in Ireland and the app has been developed for the cathedral in partnership with Irish company, appybeacons.

The cathedral’s Dean, the Very Revd Victor Stacey, admitted to being a technophobe but said that the use of iBeacons would help bring the cathedral’s rich heritage closer to their visitors from around the world.

Minister Ring praised the efforts of the team which helped to …read more

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