6 November 2020 – 21 April 2021 all-day
Dublin Castle and anywhere in the world

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to describe old photographs for blind people?

Contribute your description of this photograph to enter the descriptath(l)on, i.e. the marathon (or decathlon) of descriptions that we are launching to enrich and share our engagement with historic buildings and to support visually impaired audiences. Or if you can visit this location, you can describe it as it looks today. Not much has changed. You can e-mail your description as short text (ideally no longer than 250 words) or in audio format (no longer than 3min recording) to DublinCastleEducation@opw.ie and we’ll do the rest.

Participants have to be between 3 and 103 years of age by April fool’s day. If anyone is outside these age limits, we will not dare to say no. We welcome contributions from all ages, eyes and voices and so do the final recipients of your descriptions. If you have any queries or are looking for tips before you start your experiment, drop us a line.

You can find some examples of audio-descriptions here:


But we really want your own voice, your own pen, your own style. It’s an experiment, it’s an adventure.

Image of Cork Hill Gate. From ‘Buildings and places in the Dublin Castle area, associated with the Rising of Easter Week 1916’. Courtesy of the Bureau of Military History.