105% Funded


Target: €5000


€5,270 Raised


114 Funders

Storymap App

By Storymap


Storymap is a fresh and original project that captures the personality of Dublin through its stories and storytellers. The idea is simple. We find interesting stories about the city, film them being told in the relevant spot, and then upload and integrate the stories on an online map (www.storymap.ie). The stories range widely - from personal to historical, funny to tragic, drunken misadventure to romantic encounter - and all illuminate a different facet of Dublin life. The result is a website which gives a vision of Dublin by Dubliners, and highlights the remarkable stories that lie beneath every Dublin street - across centuries, generations, nationalities.

We launched the website in February and have expanded steadily to 40 stories, with a new story each week. The project has gotten great feedback, with articles in the Irish Independent, Irish Times, and features on Newstalk with Tom Dunne & RTE . Storymap was conceived and is run by two young filmmakers - Andy Flaherty and Tom Rowley - who, without any funding or support, have brought the project forward with great energy and dedication.

What we want?

We want to use our site as a foundation to make a smartphone app (android and iphone) that will give Dubliners and visitors a totally new way to experience the city.

The app will have 3 functions -

1. Storyalerts: which will alert you to a nearby story in the area, which you can then see being told to you.

2. Story Rambles: A host of entertaining routes across the city which link stories in a common theme (romantic dublin, gay dublin, theatrical...). You'll be able to follow a route, but unlike other tour apps be able to hop between routes as you go. For Dubliners it’s a fun way to walk around the city and see it with fresh eyes. For visitors from abroad it’s like having a load of walking tours in your pocket, but where the visitor is in control, and the stories are authentically local.

3. Make Ramble: Tell the app your destination and it will generate a 'ramble' by linking stories along that route. A simple walk across Dublin becomes entertaining and engaging.

Once funded, the app will be developed by February 2012. Our tech advisor, Bryan Duggan, will be overseeing the production. Bryan is a lecturer at DIT, and author of Tunepal app

Developing the app will help us a lot. This is a project that can spread nationally - articulating and preserving the character of Irish cities through their stories and personalities, in a way no-one has ever done before. The app is a vital stepping stone for us to realise the potential of the Storymap project.

Hope you can help us make this exciting new idea a reality,


Tom, Andrew, and Bryan

Some praise for Storymap:

A brilliant interactive, storytelling archive.... and they have sourced a crew of fascinating characters from all walks of life
Irish Times

Storymap.ie brings Dublin absolutely alive... a brilliant idea
Tom Dunne, Newstalk FM



The Final Day!!

Things are getting awfully exciting here at Storymap Towers. We're onto the last day and within spitting distance of our target (just over €800). It'll be close but i know we can make it! Thanks so much to everyone who's funded us so far. You're absolute heroes and if you ever meet either myself or Andy on the street you'll get a hug of any time length you wish (though Tom's rubbish at hugs). I know many of you already have but if you can share it on in your network/ facebook/ twitter, it'd be great. We really can't wait to have this funding together so we can get cracking on this app and start something genuinely remarkable, thanks, Tom and Andy

Storymap in the news

Just 9 days to go on our storymap drive. A big thanks to everyone who's funded us so far. We were recently on 2fm to chat about the app and get some more support for it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMpAEpcn-Ao&feature=feedu And the evening herald covered us too! http://www.herald.ie/lifestyle/storytelling-gets-a-modern-makeover-to-take-you-off-the-beaten-tracks-2906573.html So we've been keeping quite busy indeed. But we've still found time to collect more stories, and here's our latest - from the Christchurch Cathedral Belltower - with the bellmaster himself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHyzKlihKJI&feature=feedf Thanks again for all your support! Tom n Andy

Storymap App on RTE

We'll be on RTE radio one at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning with John Murray to talk about the new app we want to make and the whole Fundit experience. Also, if you missed it, we were covered by Journal.ie in the meantime who gave us a great write up: http://thedailyedge.thejournal.ie/explore-dublin-though-interactive-video-map-234831-Sep2011/?utm_source=shortlink It's still 30 days away from the deadline, and thanks again to everyone who's funded us. Your money will be going right to developing this remarkable new app, which'll keep our project alive and thriving. We've more press coming up so check back for more updates, Tom & Andy

One week down and thanks to everyone who's funded us so far

We're now one week in, and it's still early days. Big thanks to our 7 funders. You're funding something that's going to be quite special - an app that makes wandering about Dublin way more engaging and surprising. Nothing like our app has been done in the world before, so we're really excited to make it happen. We've got a few things up our sleeve for the next 5 weeks, with a jam packed night of entertainment planned, which we'll update about when we get more details. And, of course, we're out collecting and filming more stories, Tom Storymap

funders (114)

There are 104 public funders of this project

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