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New app introduces over 100 Irish emoji

Cathal McGuigan
08 June, 2016 15:06

A NEW app has been launched which offers 150 Irish emoji for Android and Apple devices.

The Irishmoji app, created by London company Fanmoji,  became available in the app store this morning.

You can also post Irishmojis to Twitter and Facebook.

It offers users the chance to share emojis of things like a pint of Guinness, Saint Patrick and the Cliffs of Moher through Whatsapp, Hangouts and other chat apps.

An emoji of the Giant's Causeway is among the images of famous Irish tourism sites available, along with the GPO, Newgrange and the Spire.

 

Each emoji was created by Dublin illustrator Diarmuid Ó Catháin including emojis of all 32 counties. 

Lots of sports images are on offer too, including hurling images, Irish rugby tops and football jerseys for every county.

To celebrate the launch of Irishmoji, Fanmoji's 'Irish Yourself' feature also gives Euro 2016 fans the option to create their own emojis using their phone's camera. 

Fanmoji founder Tim Webber said the company was "blown away" by the support for the new emojis.

“We ran a poll last month letting the people of Ireland vote on the final few things that should be in the first release of the app, and the response was amazing,” he said.

"Ireland has such a deep cultural history in its buildings, landmarks and people, and along with the number of great symbols and phrases that lend themselves to emoji stickers and illustrations we thought it’d be a brilliant way to bring out the character of the country."

At long last, there are also emojis for your favourite Irish food and drinks, including the famous Ulster Fry.

And the humble pint of Guinness.

Illustrator Diarmuid Ó Catháin said that he hoped his contributions will help fill "the lack of country-specific stickers to choose from."

“I think that Fanmoji’s ethos of collaborating with local illustrators is great and that it helps ensure that an authentic side of the country is shown in Irishmoji,” he said.

“I'm looking forward to getting these out there now and seeing the reaction. There's a little something in there for everyone hopefully!”

Irishmoji is available on iPhone (apple.co/25GZU10) and Android (http://bit.ly/1VHmZ0I)

08 June, 2016 15:06 Republic of Ireland news