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You can now take a walk around Dublin and see how the streets looked 100 years ago

A new app uses 200 photographs of Dublin to allow users to time travel through their screens.

Image: Fuora via Twitter

IT’S NOW POSSIBLE to take a stroll around Dublin and see how it looked 200 years ago.

The free app, Fuora, which launched on 30 September, uses 200 photographs of Dublin to allow users to time travel through their screens.

The director of the company, Stefano Ceresa, told TheJournal.ie how he and his wife started to image walking around a city and seeing it in the past after his wife came across photographs of London streets with an overlay of old photos.

He described how as ‘kids from the ’70s’ with the blockbuster movie Back to the Future this was “pretty amazing”.

Ceresa is a marketing consultant in the publishing industry in Italy but decided to try out his idea in Dublin, which he describes as “my place during all my summers in the ’90s”.

Ceresa got the right of photographs from the National Library of Ireland and incorporated the company, Fuora Project Limited, this May. He said:

So basically the map has 200 photos of old Dublin and when you walk through Dublin it geolocates you and gives you, with push notifications, the idea to travel in time in those places.

“The app is free with ads and if you want to skip them you just have to log in with your name and email.”

So you can use it to orient in Dublin, the map is old styled but it’s perfect, and then you use it to travel in time.

Ceresa said his next step is to develop a web platform so locals can upload their old photos and share them. The company also intends to extend to all areas in Ireland over the next year.

The Fuora app is available to download from the app store

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