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Friday 9 December 2016

Remote Dublin to be put on the map

'The Trekker can be walked through pedestrian areas or trails, constantly gathering images as it goes'
'The Trekker can be walked through pedestrian areas or trails, constantly gathering images as it goes'

Parts of Dublin are being put 'on the map' by adventurous trekkers working for the tourism industry.

Empoyees from Failte Ireland will be travelling through some of the capital's most remote and beautiful locations using borrowed Google technology.

Sections of Howth Head, Sandycove and the Royal Canal will all get the Google Street View makeover, as captured by The Trekker (inset) - a wearable backpack, with a camera system on top, designed by Google.

The Trekker can be walked through pedestrian areas or trails, constantly gathering images as it goes.

Parts of Temple Bar and other smaller streets in the city are also expected to get the Street View treatment.

Owned by Google, the 'Trekker' has been used by ambitious travellers to capture some of the world's most beautiful terrains such as the Grand Canyon.

Teams of people will start charting out new locations along the Wild Atlantic Way, on the west coast this week.

Alex Connelly, of Failte Ireland, told the Herald that he hopes to map out parts of Dublin that highlight that it is "more than just a city".

"What's unique about Dublin is that, apart from then city, you can go out to the northside and go kite surfing or go out by the Wicklow Mountains and explore," he said.

"So you really do get the best of both worlds, and we want to show that."

The new pictures are expected to be online by 2016.

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