Dromahair native Daniel Connolly has teamed up with the Rosses Point Shanty Festival to offer a new service for those seeking to learn more about the festival as he has developed a smart phone app that will bring the festival into new, unchartered waters.
Daniel provides the IT services through www.techguy.ie and the web design through his Sligo business www.nitrozade.ie.
The Sea Shanty app provides a full, interactive service allowing the user to explore the venues and learn more about the artists, the history of Rosses Point and information on fundraising for the RNLI.
It was the festival’s mission to raise funds for the Lifeboats that inspired Daniel, originally from Dromahair, Co. Leitrim, to offer his design services free to the festival.
“I designed the Sea Shanty App as I believe the charity it raises money for, the RNLI, is a very worthy cause,” said the 29-year-old who added, “The festival itself is great fun and being the longest running shanty festival in Ireland, the app can only help the festival grow year after year.”
The app is aimed particularly at the growing number of overseas visitors to the festival, unfamiliar with the locality. The app provides transport information for visitors to the festival and a GPS location that will help find the venues on a smartphone when arriving in Rosses Point.
The app is being launched on Thursday, May 9, at the Yeats Country Hotel, Rosses Point, along with the festival programme.
Festival organiser Willie Murphy said: “We’re delighted to have Daniel’s expertise in designing the app. We think he’s done a brilliant job.
The app is available immediately for android phones and will be available within two weeks for iphones ahead of the Shanty Festival which runs from June 14-16.