Dublin City Council launches 3D Virtual Reality Website

Step into the Dublin of 1916 –


An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh will launch The City and the Rising, a technically innovative new interactive website, at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, on Tuesday, 26th April, 2016 at 12 noon. This unique website takes the user along the streets of Dublin City before, during and after the 1916 Rising.

The City and the Rising will guide the viewer through the city during the Rising while discovering key events as they unfold.  Through the use of innovative technologies the website offers a graphic insight into how the city’s buildings and streets played a pivotal role in the planning, execution and legacy of the event that was to lead to the creation of the Irish Republic. 

“The aim of the The City and the Rising website is to offer an online experience that is visually striking, emotionally engaging and highly memorable; one that will thrill, captivate and inspire audiences, young and old alike. The oculus headset really lets you step back in time to the Dublin of 1916. Siúil siar sa stair, ar shráideanna na cathrach mar a bhí siad le linn an Éirí Amach. It’s not just a learning experience its “edutainment”!  said the Lord Mayor.                                                   

The website brings you a specially-created interactive map featuring images, text and videos.  The map lets you explore the Dublin of 1916 and inspect sites such as the GPO, Liberty Hall, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle and many other locations where the events that influenced the course of the Rising took place.

A second level, available at certain locations provides a closer map view and details notable incidents and events that took place at that particular site.  For example, the rebel trenches dug at St. Stephen’s Green, the building where Eamon DeValera raised a decoy flag to distract British forces near Boland’s Mills, or where Tom Clarke’s tobacconist was located. In each location, objects are embedded into the map with vignettes of information providing a view of the Rising as it was happening on the streets and inside buildings. Users experience an immediate sense of what the Rising’s leaders, the volunteers and the ordinary men and women of Dublin experienced as they lived through these tumultuous events.

Jim Keogan, Assistant Chief Executive, Planning Department, Dublin City Council said “The website was developed on behalf of Planning and Property Development Department of Dublin City Council and forms part of a trilogy of projects carried out by the Department to celebrate 1916.    The other two projects relate to the creation of a Tenement Museum on Henrietta Street and the Archaeology of 1916 in collaboration with UCD. This interactive map created by NOHO Ltd allows users to see how the streets and buildings of the city shaped one of the most important episodes in Irish history.  The sites at Sackville Street, Moore Street, Dublin Castle, St. Stephens Green and Mount Street Bridge which have been reconstructed as 3D virtual environments to give a real life experience of that time”. 

Niall Ó hOisín, Director, Noho Ltd. said “We are delighted to be involved in such an interesting project.  Building Sackville Street in 3D gave us great insight into Dublin during that time.  Looking through photographs and the Thom’s directory, we discovered and learnt a lot about the importance of the buildings and how they related to each other.  We surmounted considerable technical challenges in delivering the 3D content online and now it works wonderfully.  The virtual museum downloads are especially exciting and give a glimpse of how this period could be studied in the future.

The City and the Rising is brought to you by the Planning and Property Development Department of Dublin City Council.  This Department is responsible for regulating and managing the development of the city and protecting and enhancing the city’s architectural and urban heritage.

The website can be found at www.dublincityrising.com


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Notes to the Editor:

Noho Ltd

The City and the Rising website was developed on behalf of Dublin City Council by Noho Ltd. Noho are specialist producers of captivating digital experiences for museum, corporate, and broadcast clients. From evocative audio to rich, interactive video, web and 3D, our content informs, educates and inspires audiences, young and old alike.

Technical Innovation of the website:

The City and the Rising site is built upon an industry-standard web stack - PHP, HTML, CSS, JS, jQuery, Bootstrap, Leaflet.

It has been designed and tested to be fully responsive meaning that it can be viewed on all of major PC (Mac OSX, Windows) and mobile Operating Systems (iOS, Android) using any of the leading web browsing clients (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer). Not only will the view of the site be tailored to the user device but also the content itself will be selected based on the technical capabilities available to the client.

The site presents a range of multimedia content (text, archive and 3D-rendered imagery and 3D-rendered video) around a map-based user interface.

Map data is constructed and presented using an image tiling engine to ensure that users can access high definition map imagery even when browsing the site via a mobile device.

Noho created a virtual reconstruction of some of the key Rising sites and objects using a range of sources (photographs, the Thoms directory and maps). These various models were then used assets for video and realtime VR representations. These reconstructions are invaluable resources for understanding the Rising narrative from a spatial perspective.

Six of the key Rising sites are presented using a cutting-edge WebGL user interface. The WebGL view is run natively within the browser, which means that there is no need to include third-party plugins, as is typically the case when presenting 3D content of this scale via the web.

The user will also be able to download a Virtual Museum of a number of the key Rising sites. Once downloaded, the user will be able to interact with the content using an Oculus Rift VR headset or using a desktop application interface.