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Sunday 22 October 2017

Step into Ulysses with new virtual reality app

DUBLIN'S most famous book is notoriously difficult to get through, but one Dubliner has set about creating a way for readers to literally step into Ulysses.

Sandymount native Eoghan Kidney found James Joyce's epic difficult to read until he was in his thirties and now he is developing a virtual reality game that will transform users into character Stephen Dedalus as he wanders along Sandymount strand.

As users walk along the virtual strand Stephen's thoughts will be read exactly as written in the book and they will be illustrated before your eyes in real time.

"I didn't want this amazing book written about our city to be a type of exclusive club," Eoghan told The Herald. "Ulysses is a truly interactive experience."

The game will be limited to episode three, 'Proetus', but the 35-year-old filmmaker has big plans.

"If people engage with this I'll start looking at developing more sections," said Eoghan, who's hoping the project will be ready by Bloomsday next year.

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