The Earcatch app has already been rolled out in The Netherlands and Belgium, where it has made the cinema experience more accessible for more than 20,000 people.

From Saturday (12 October), the National Council for the Blind Ireland (NCBI) will be partnering with Bartimeus Foundation to test an app that provides audio descriptions of movies to smartphones.

The Earcatch app, which makes films accessible to those who are blind and vision-impaired, adds a verbal description between the dialogue so that cinemagoers can follow what’s happening on screen.