Tom Rowley and Andrew Flaherty are pictured at the launch of Storymap. Picture: Dominic Ledwidge O’Reilly

EXPLORING Dublin has taken on a whole new dimension, thanks to two film-makers who are behind a new smartphone app that sets out to tell the capital’s hidden stories.
The Storymap App was launched last week and aims to rejuvenate the old tradition of storytelling, while combining the latest technology in film and mobile apps to capture a portrait of Dublin life, past and present.
The app includes a library of 80 stories, presented in audio or HD video, each tied to a particular location in the city and told by a different Dubliner.
Co-founders Tom Rowley and Andrew Flaherty first launched the project in 2011 as a website, www.storymap.ie. They discussed how they came up with the idea.
“We both arrived back from working abroad and we were really frustrated with the way the city was being represented – bleak, empty and finished,” says Flaherty.
“For us, the things that made Dublin truly special were still there to be celebrated – its people, its stories, its humour and its charm.
“We couldn’t find work, and so we began Storymap as a way to use our skills to showcase the real cultural wealth of Dublin, in a way no-one had ever seen before. The support we got from people amazed us.”
Co-founder Rowley says: “For a local person, it gives them a chance to see the city with fresh eyes.
“By using the app and seeing a well-told story on the spot, you get to see it in a whole new light, and build a new connection with it.”
Stories include The Spire by Roddy Doyle, The Gap In The Map with Ciaran Wallace, and The Liberty Boys by Colm Keegan.
The app was developed in DIT by Jamie Osler and Eoin Rogers, and overseen by Bryan Duggan, and is on sale in the Android and iPhone app stores for €2.59.