Step into the Dublin of 1916 – DCC launches 3D virtual reality website
03 May 2016
Niall Ó hOisín of Noho Ltd along with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Criona Ni Dhalaigh
Dublin City Council has launched The City and the Rising, a technically innovative new interactive website, that takes the user along the streets of Dublin City before, during and after the 1916 Rising.
The City and the Rising will guide the viewer through the city during the Rising while discovering key events as they unfold. Through the use of innovative technologies the website offers a graphic insight into how the city’s buildings and streets played a pivotal role in the planning, execution and legacy of the event that was to lead to the creation of the Irish Republic.
The website brings you a specially-created interactive map featuring images, text and videos. The map lets you explore the Dublin of 1916 and inspect sites such as the GPO, Liberty Hall, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle and many other locations where the events that influenced the course of the Rising took place.
A second level, available at certain locations provides a closer map view and details notable incidents and events that took place at that particular site. For example, the rebel trenches dug at St. Stephen’s Green, the building where Eamon DeValera raised a decoy flag to distract British forces near Boland’s Mills, or where Tom Clarke’s tobacconist was located.
In each location, objects are embedded into the map with vignettes of information providing a view of the Rising as it was happening on the streets and inside buildings. Users experience an immediate sense of what the Rising’s leaders, the volunteers and the ordinary men and women of Dublin experienced as they lived through these tumultuous events.
“The website was developed on behalf of Planning and Property Development Department of Dublin City Council and forms part of a trilogy of projects carried out by the Department to celebrate 1916,” said Jim Keogan, assistant chief executive at Dublin City Council.
“The other two projects relate to the creation of a tenement museum on Henrietta Street and the archaeology of 1916 in collaboration with UCD. This interactive map created by NOHO Ltd allows users to see how the streets and buildings of the city shaped one of the most important episodes in Irish history.
“The sites at Sackville Street, Moore Street, Dublin Castle, St Stephen’s Green and Mount Street Bridge which have been reconstructed as 3D virtual environments to give a real life experience of that time,” he said.
“We are delighted to be involved in such an interesting project. Building Sackville Street in 3D gave us great insight into Dublin during that time. Looking through photographs and the Thom’s directory, we discovered and learned a lot about the importance of the buildings and how they related to each other,” said Niall Ó hOisín of Noho Ltd.
“We surmounted considerable technical challenges in delivering the 3D content online and now it works wonderfully. The virtual museum downloads are especially exciting and give a glimpse of how this period could be studied in the future.”
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