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Digital Storytellers

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Let’s make your locality’s story blossom

Got stories and characters galore to tell them in your locality? Don’t wait until it is too late, let us help you get a plan in place to record and promote your community’s rich heritage.

Whether it’s making a radio series, weekly podcasts, GPS audio tours or setting up a Rambling House storytelling centre, make your place flourish and see footfall increase accordingly.

We’re destination marketers specialising in digital heritage. If your locality has a lot to tell the world, let us help you bring those stories to life by capturing the true character of your area from the ‘horse’s mouth’.

Help preserve your heritage and promote your area as an appealing destination in one fell swoop. Have a look at our various services, hear some of the many tales we have recorded and get in touch when ready for a free consultation.

 

 

Highly Qualified Team

We have the skillset in both digital media and heritage faculties and have used them to produce an array of projects that both educate and entertain in line with our creed of storytelling that is informal, yet informed.

Personalised Travel Experiences

Ever locality has a different take and twist on life which we incorporate in searching out those hidden gems and forgotten stories.  Every half acre in Ireland has them and we will ensure they are found – it is our speciality!

Social Responsibility

We seek to preserve, protect and promote the voices and heritage of Ireland. As part of our Digital Landscape Gardening project, we are building an oral network and a digital archive to empower local communities. 

Our Services

Oral History

Oral History

The gathering, preserving and interpreting of the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events is something we’ve done in a number of heritage towns and landscapes around Ireland. We’d be happy to discuss producing a project that successfully captures the heritage of your area through local voices.

Storytelling

Storytelling

In days gone by, the Irish entertained and educated each other in a number of houses known as Rambling Houses. Having organised plenty of these events, we’d be happy to set one up in your locality and ensure that with some guidelines, it could become self-sustaining and an ongoing source of living heritage.

Playwriting

Playwriting

If your community has a story that merits being staged, then we’d be delighted to write a piece for performance. We can deliver work that can be layered and dramatic or light-hearted and more whimsical.  We welcome the chance to do immersive theatre or outdoor theatre that can be used on a regular basis for tourists.

Copywriting

Copywriting

Writing good copy involves a lot more than stringing a sentence together. There’s a knack to it that requires a clinical, almost brutal honesty and a series of hacks and formulas that need to be prepared. We’ll go through the message your business is currently saying, ask what it is you want to say and fine-tune that message.

Radio Production

Want to make a memorable documentary about your locality and have the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland help fund it? Get in touch with us to make this happen. As successful participants in previous schemes, we will research, record and take care of the tricky paperwork, allowing you to focus on the project. 

Destination Marketing

We’ve marketed areas via a combination of innovative GPS travel guides, social media and videos. With years of travel marketing experience and a recent Distinction in digital marketing from the Technology University in Dublin, we’ll take great pride in ensuring that your area’s strengths and USP are brought to the fore via a five step plan. 

Event Management

Having organised everything from festivals to international tourist fairs, exhibitions to parades, theatre productions to storytelling nights, we are confident in helping to bring a new angle to your festival or event. Meticulous planning and an eye for detail are key of course, but so is the ability to allow some creativity and flexibility. Talk to us about what you have in mind and let us help you bring that plan to life.

Testimonials

Comments from our associates over the years

  • February 2019

    “John Ward helped us to develop a groundbreaking approach to heritage and tourism with his unique attention to detail, his ability to identify aspects of the locality which are worthy of mention. HIs way to help independent travellers find their way marries technology and tourism in an attractive package.”

    February 2019
    Kieran Groeger
    Author, Historian. Youghal, Co. Cork
  • February 2019

    "John Ward is a man of many skills. His GPS tour of Inishowen was superb and broke new ground in digital media here. I was proud to be part of the Rambling House which recreated the world of our forefathers when they gathered at night to sing, tell stories and play music. John's play THE TWILIGHT COURT was written and produced by John himself and was a great hit in courthouses in Donegal where it was performed to huge audiences. His revival of a Macklin play in the London church where there is a plaque to the Donegal playwright was a great tribute to Charles Macklin and Brian Friel."

    February 2019
    Sean Beattie
    Historian and co-author of The Atlas of Donegal
    UCC Press
  • January 2018

    "Dear John, Enclosed is an exclusive Star Wars Episode VIII limited edition jacket. This gift is given to Cast and Crew as a very special thank you. Please accept this with our gratitude and thanks for all your help in the making of 'The Last Jedi'".

    January 2018
    Mally Chung
    Location Manager
    Lucasfilm
  • May 2017

    "The mix of audio, text and video content that John produced for the Norman Way audio tour is fantastic. It really hammers home the ‘stories told by the best storytellers in the world’ aspect of Ireland’s Ancient East brand so we’re thrilled about that - from the get-go, our aim was to make the Norman Way as ‘on brand’ as possible and your work has complimented that perfectly. I’ve had some feedback from the people that you spoke with as you conducted your research and developed your content and they noted that you were pleasant and professional to work with. When Phase Two of the Norman Way is a reality, we would be very keen to work with you again to help curate that stretch of the trail and guide visitors in this unique and innovative way when the time comes"
    May 2017
    Colum Kavanagh
    Project Officer Economic & Enterprise Development
    Wexford County Council
  • January 2016

    "Having worked with John at both VCG and Getty Images (following the acquisition), I had the opportunity to work with him on various projects. John was a highly respected member of the management team; equally at ease interfacing with executive management and handling senior level relationships with external clients. On the projects we worked on together, I found John to be thorough, professional and very commercial."

    January 2016
    Sophie Hanbury
    Content Partnerships Director
    Telegraph Media Group
  • January 2015

    "I first met John at an award ceremony at the HQ of the Irish state tourist board Fáilte Ireland when we were both honoured for our services to Irish Tourism. As part of the prize we won, we travelled abroad seeing 'best practice' in the tourism industry. He struck me at all times during the trip to be a person who was interesting and interested and one who could seemingly see situations from several different angles at once. He is innately curious, a talented raconteur (because he listens well) and a person of considerable charm. This does not detract from the fact that he has a great business head (the award was for Tourism Business Challenge) and can drive ahead with great focus and verve - as seen by the other accolades he's won.
     
    January 2015
    Peter O'Connor
    Tour director, musician and raconteur
  • March 2012

    "I worked with John while I was Chair of AIRPI (Association of Independent Radio Producers of Ireland) for the year 2011/12. As Communications Officer, John did a great job in opening up the association to the possibilities of new media, including Facebook, Linked-in, Google+, Audioboo and Twitter. His legal expertise was also invaluable as we dealt with various legal issues involving the association."

    March 2012
    Claire Cunningham
    Independent Radio Producer
  • November 2017

    'A fantastic nod to the old Donegal tradition of ceiling, John Ward's 'Rambling House' and its associated recordings tapped into the oral and social culture of Donegal to capture vanishing stories. It is instructive as a method of re-energising culture and also of documenting important aspects of our lore and storytelling heritage'.

     

    November 2017
    Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara
    Award-winning Oral Historian

Contact Us

Got a heritage idea that you want some advice on?

Feel you could help bring a Rambling House to life in your locality?

Keen to become part of the Digital Landscape Garden as a volunteer in due course?

Get in touch and do exactly what we’re saluting by talking – there’s no better way of progressing an idea.  

Your opinions are important to us. Whether it is a simple question or a valuable suggestion, we are here Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM.

You can call us by phone or email us directly.

+353 89 222 3812
info@racontour.com