A NEW INTERACTIVE website from Google lets Colin Farrell guide users on a tour of 1916 Dublin, stopping at 22 different Easter Rising locations.
‘Dublin Rising 1916-2016’ is the work of the web giant along with various Irish State bodies like the National Library and Military Archives.
At each stop during the tour, Google Street View shows you what the location looks like today and there are a number of options to bring users a century back in time.
Options like being able to click on old photos of the location or century-old videos of Dublin life walking by.
As you stand looking at the GPO of today, for example, they’ll see the GPO as it was 100 years ago, destroyed by shell fire.
There are even digital copies of significant documents relating to the location and audio recordings of eyewitness accounts.
For example, stop four on the tour brings users to Dublin Castle and City Hall where the first fatalities of the Rising died, Constable James O’Brien and Captain Seán Connolly.
One of the most valuable accounts of these deaths is Helana Molony, one of the rebels who went to take the castle.
‘Dublin Rising 1916-2016’ allows users click on an actor’s rendition of her testimony as they look at the scene as it exists today.
Actor Colin Farrell narrates the entire journey, right from the introduction of the tour and at each stop until it finishes at Arbour Hill, the burial place of the executed leaders.
The entire project is a collaboration between Google’s Cultural Insititute and various branches of the State.
Google vice-president and head of Google Ireland Ronan Harris says that 1916 is significant event that shaped modern Ireland, something the company wants to share with a global audience.
Google is about giving everyone access to the best information, culture and experiences through technology and this tour gives people a way to peel back the layers of history and experience what life was like 100 years ago in Ireland.
The project is available on phone, tablet or computer and was launched this evening by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys.