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Bringing Joyce's 'The Dead' to life

Monday, 06 January, 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, period images and podcast commentaries from Catriona Crowe, Mary Daly, Anne Fogarty and Gerardine Meaney. 

The Dead, the closing story of Dubliners is regarded by many as the greatest short story of the twentieth century. 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. At number 15 Ushers Island, 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. Gabriel discovers his marriage and his life are not all he imagined them to be. 

The app also features additional rich content including; rare and unseen images of Dublin from the period, architectural images and drawings of no 15 and architecture of the era and a video performance of The Lass of Aughrim filmed in the house on Usher's Island.

The Dead iPad app project makes academic and archive material accessible and available in an creative and innovative way for global audiences 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.

The app is now available to download free from the Apple App Store