Po­ten­tial tourists can ex­plore Pow­er­scourt Wa­ter­fall through Google Street View tool

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YOU CAN NOW EX­PLORE the beauty of Pow­er­scourt with­out hav­ing to leave the com­fort of your arm­chair, thanks to Google Street View.

The es­tate is one of the many tourist at­trac­tions on Google’s on­line panoramic map­ping ser­vice which gives users a street level view and al­lows them to vir­tu­ally ex­plore a des­ti­na­tion.

Other at­trac­tions on the ser­vice in­clude Dublin Zoo, Rock of Cashel and Aviva Sta­dium.

‘Ire­land is known for its fab­u­lous scenery and our land­scape is dot­ted with his­toric mon­u­ments such as Pow­er­scourt Wa­ter­fall. We wanted to show as much of it as pos­si­ble so we got out the Street View Trike and started ped­alling to add to our col­lec­tion of Ir­ish im­agery. We think it will be a re­ally great boost to Ir­ish tourism that vis­i­tors to Ire­land will now be able to whet their ap­petite be­fore ar­riv­ing on our shores,’ said John Her­lihy, Google. Shaun Quinn, CEO of Fáilte Ire­land said that the vast ma­jor­ity of po­ten­tial vis­i­tors re­search and plan their hol­i­days through the in­ter­net. ‘ You are ei­ther on­line or un­known,’ he said.

Google’s Street View Trike started col­lect­ing the street level im­agery of some of Ire­land’s top tourist des­ti­na­tions and his­toric mon­u­ments last Septem­ber.

The 18 stone me­chan­i­cal mas­ter­piece com­prises three bi­cy­cle wheels, a mounted Street View cam­era and a spe­cially dec­o­rated box con­tain­ing im­age col­lect­ing gad­getry. It comes re­plete with a very ath­letic cy­clist in cus­tomised Google ap­parel. (The spe­cially trained su­per fit Google em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors who ride the Trikes wear Google cy­cle hel­mets and cloth­ing). The Trike col­lects im­ages from des­ti­na­tions where it is not pos­si­ble for the Street View car to drive.

As Google only col­lects im­ages from pub­lic roads it has worked closely with the rel­e­vant or­gan­i­sa­tions to col­lect the im­ages. As with all Street View driv­ing, faces and li­cence plates will be blurred if ei­ther have been cap­tured by the Trike in these lo­ca­tions.

Pow­er­scourt is a huge tourist at­trac­tion.

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