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  • The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., this week announced a gift from the people of Ireland to the people of the world in the form of a free historical app.
  • ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ by Fintan O’Toole of The Irish Times, is free to download across the world until the end of the month as an app for smartphones and tablets or as an e-book to any computer - www.eu2013.ie/100objects.
  • The resource unearths the long history of the island of Ireland through a series of diverse and interesting objects and the Intel Pentium Processor is included amongst the collection.

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The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., this week announced a gift from the people of Ireland to the people of the world in the form of a free historical app, which was released on St Patrick’s Day, to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

 

‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ by Fintan O’Toole of The Irish Times, is free to download across the world until the end of the month as an app for smartphones and tablets or as an e-book to any computer - www.eu2013.ie/100objects.

 

This e-book and app version of ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ will allow people to access elements of the common heritage of all Irish people at home and abroad – from the axe-heads and gold hoards of early Ireland, the Book of Kells and St Patrick’s Bell, the Intel microprocessor chip and a chair designed by Eileen Gray. The very first object is a Mesolithic fish trap, from c.5000 BC; object 100 is a decommissioned AK47.

 

The resource unearths the long history of the island of Ireland through a series of diverse and interesting objects and the Intel Pentium Processor is included amongst the collection as a reflection of the modern Irish landscape of technological achievement and the ability of Irish people to manufacture some of the world’s most complex devices. In 1994, when Intel launched the Pentium processor, that was central to the emergence of the personal computer as an everyday consumer product, more than half of worldwide production was based at Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Over the next decade, the Irish plant produced a billion Pentium chips.

 

You can see the Intel Pentium Processor on display at the National Science Museum at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Co. Kildare – for full details and opening times visit www.nuim.ie/museum.

 

As part of the project, ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ has also just been published by the Royal Irish Academy as a full-colour, hard-back book; and the 100 Objects Trail can be followed in the museums and cultural institutions throughout the island of Ireland where the objects are on display.

 

In sharing ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ the Tánaiste said “This unique project will give people across the world the chance to download their own virtual treasury of Irish history and culture.  It demonstrates how our history is shared worldwide. It will make Ireland’s ancient and modern history accessible for audiences in any country as well as being a resource for cultural centres, schools and Irish studies programmes internationally”.

 

Brendan Cannon, Director of Corporate Affairs, Intel Ireland added “we are delighted to be included amongst such a prestigious and unique collection of objects which illustrate, in a tangible and beautiful way, the diverse history of Ireland. The Pentium chip is a fitting representation of the hi-tech industry which has become an important part of the fabric of Ireland in recent times”.

 

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The image illustrates the complex composition of an Intel chip
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A packaged Intel Pentium Pro is shown, as per the object included in the collection
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Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore T.D is pictured with the Ardagh Chalice
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Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore T.D is pictured with St. Patrick's Bell

 

Further Information

 

About the resource

For more, visit www.100objects.ie

A link to download the app can be found at the Irish Presidency website www.eu2013.ie/100objects

 

About Intel

Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.

 

Additional information about Intel is available at:

Web - intel.ie |   Twitter - @Intel_IRL   |   Facebook - Intel Ireland

 

Media contact: Sarah Sexton sarah.sexton@intel.com  | + 353 1 606 8537


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