White Island on Lower Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh is amongst the sites digitised.

White Island on Lower Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh is amongst the sites digitised.

A new website has been launched by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., that features 3D images and models of some of Ireland’s most famous heritage sites and ancient monuments.

www.3dicons.ie is funded under the European Commission’s ICT Policy Support Programme, and aims to provide the European Cultural Portal ‘Europeana’ (www.europeana.eu) with 3D models of architectural and archaeological monuments of remarkable cultural importance. The project brought together 16 partners from across 11 European countries with relevant expertise in 3D modelling and digitisation.

The monastery at Sceilg Mhichíl, the passage tomb at Newgrange and the Poulnabrone dolmen are among the ancient structures which have been scanned using cutting edge 3D technology, to produce highly detailed models, images and videos. 3D digital models have been produced of over 130 buildings and monuments. It is expected the data will benefit the education, tourism and conservation sectors.

“How many of us have been inside the passage tomb at Newgrange, or have scaled the heights of Sceilg Mhichíl? This fascinating website will give members of the public a much closer look at many of our best known heritage sites,” said Minister Humphreys. “By using the most up-to-date technology to reproduce some of our most ancient monuments, this project will make it easier for members of the public to explore heritage sites. We have such an incredible array of ancient monuments in this country; this website effectively brings them right into your home.”

Ireland’s contribution to the 3D Icons project has been conducted by the Discovery Programme, which is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through the Heritage Council.

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