Storymap is the brainchild of two Dublin filmmakers, Andy Flaherty and Tom Rowley. Just back from working abroad, unemployed and in between film projects, they became frustrated with the negative press the city was receiving. The bleak tales of recession, the gloomy accounts of unemployment and the notion that Ireland’s best and brightest had emigrated was completely at odds with what they were experiencing being back in their hometown. They came up with Storymap, a web based multimedia project that revives Ireland’s age-old tradition of storytelling and aims to capture the personality of Dublin city through its stories and storytellers. These stories are filmed being told where they happened and integrated into a live map to create a charming and layered collective vision of Dublin city made by the people of the city.
The website, Storymap, is easy to use and links to videos of the stories. This could be a useful exercise with classes, especially those in school in or near Dublin. Designed to be used on-the-go, there’s an app version too.