Diocese of Derry and Raphoe
A Church of Ireland church situated on the oldest Christian site in Derry / Londonderry has just launched its very own app. St Augustine’s, situated on the original site of St Columba’s first monastery, announced that the app has just gone live. It is one of the few churches in Ireland to have its very own app.
The growth of mobile computing has taken everyone by surprise. In the past year tablet computers in use has vastly increased. The number of people in Ireland who have a smart phone is now estimated to be almost 1.2million. An app is simply a software program that you use online or on mobile devices, such as a smart phone or tablet computer.
St Augustine’s is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city, situated on the city walls and being on the newly opened Christian Heritage Trail. Last year it welcomed well over 14,000 visitors through its doors, from all parts of the world.
Ivan Taylor, who project managed the building and design of the app, had this to say about its launch. “In the age of mobile computing and the smart phone we wanted to find an attractive and easy to use communication tool that visitors, including our virtual visitors, can use to find out more about St Augustine’s Church”. He continued, “The app is easily downloaded from the app store on your mobile device. It will show you everything you will want to find out about the church, its history and what we are doing now”.
Rev Pat Storey, Rector of St Augustine’s, said “The church is now at your fingertips. Whether you are from the city or far away it is possible to ‘visit’ St Augustine’s at the click of a button. You can discover our roots, find out more about the beautiful old building and see what church life looks like today.
To download the app simply go to the AppStore on your mobile device, search for St Augustines Church, and download as normal. The development of the app was made possible by funding from Derry City Council, The Leah Project and St Augustine’s.