The Canterbury earthquakes in 2010/2011 irrevocably damaged the High Street precinct, with Victorian and Edwardian streetscapes and lively laneways changed forever, and most of the heritage buildings demolished.
Audio stories on this site celebrate the life and times of this area, from early days as a bustling commercial centre through its decline in the 1970s and ’80s, and later regeneration into a boutique shopping and dining area.
But it's not just about buildings and commerce – you'll also meet some colourful characters who've inhabited High Street over the years.
There are over 90 stories, histories and anecdotes of life in the precinct from architectural heritage through to sordid stories of the red light district.
Go on, take a peek…
An easy-to-use educational tool for both British & Irish Sign Languages.
Provides full alphabet symbols and a library of videos covering everyday phrases.
Quickly and easily switch between languages to see the differences.
The DCID Project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund under Measure IVA of the INTERREG Programme. This Programme is administered by the Special European Union Programmes Body.
With its lyrical themes of teen angst, insecurity, euphoric joy, love and depression, combined with the high octane rock ‘n’ roll of its loud guitars and trashy open high-hats, the release of ‘Please Please Me’ in March 1963 was a seminal moment in the history of British rock music. Its success at home paved the way for the Beatles` relentless evolution throughout 1963, culminating in their international explosion in 1964.
English artists were virtually unknown in the US prior to the British invasion (spearheaded by the Fab Four in 1964). The musical and cultural explosion which followed their breakthrough established British pop/rock (particularly alternative) as the dominating force in international music over the following 30-40 years. And it all began with ‘Please Please Me’.
Exactly which instruments were used during the recording of the album?
Who was the first artist to cover a song from the Fab Four?
What was John Lennon drinking when he recorded the riotous vocal on 'Twist And Shout'?
Who was the inspiration behind 'I Saw Her Standing There'?
Why was WEEDON a private word for anything totally uncool?
All this and more, in this unique Album Companion.
This is an 11-stop audio tour with full colour map along the popular walkway from Dún Laoghaire to Dalkey Quarry in south Dublin, known locally as "The Metals",
It's not just a journey through fascinating engineering and social history. It's also an eye-opening excursion along a unique living heritage.
Join architectural historian Rob Goodbody, author of "The Metals", and producer Aileen O'Meara back to when Dún Laoghaire just a small fishing village surrounded by rocky outcrops, and hear the fascinating story of how engineers designed this unique trackway that shaped the development of this marine town and its fine harbour.
Plants, people and history
The perfect companion for a visit to the gardens, packed with fascinating stories and treasures and over 200 years of history.
> Meet the loneliest plant in the world
> Visit the glasshouse that is an architectural treasure
> See the ‘Last Rose of Summer’
> Hear about plants that eat sheep . . . and much more.
Enthusiastically narrated by the gardens' director, Matthew Jebb, and award-winning heritage writer, Mary Mulvihill, the guide also features Thomas Moore's famous melody, The Last Rose of Summer.
The app combines three colour-coded audio tours of the gardens, with additional information, images and archive photographs. The Green tour explores the historic glasshouses and exotic plants. The Yellow tour is an easy stroll around the garden’s historic highlights. The Red tour takes you to the river, to explore wildlife, plant hunting, and even philosophy.
You can use the app to plan a visit, or to explore the gardens, or as a souvenir afterwards. The app requires a 3G connection to the Internet, and the audio is best enjoyed using headphones.
Developed for the National Botanic Gardens by Ingenious Ireland, with a grant from the Cultural Technology Grant Scheme 2010 from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
For more ingenious tours, visit www.ingeniousireland.ie