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Ireland's Minister of Tourism and Transportation Leo Varadkar at the launch of Dubline Storymap Photo by: Shane O'Neill / Fennells

New app tells the gory, weird tales that shaped the city of Dublin

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Ireland's Minister of Tourism and Transportation Leo Varadkar at the launch of Dubline Storymap Photo by: Shane O'Neill / Fennells

The Dubline, a new app available for free on the iPhone and Android markets, will tell the tales of Dublin's history, ranging from rivers of flaming whiskey to stones thought to harness the powers of good luck.

Visitors to the capital will be treated to the dark stories that helped shaped the city into the tourist spot it has become. The new guide will guide tourists down Failte Ireland's Dubline heritage trail through key landmarks, providing stories about the city's hidden history, reports the Herald.

These stories, told by Dubliners themselves, will include the Liberties Whiskey fire, where in June of 1875, rivers of flaming liquor set the area ablaze, going down as the most damaging and expensive fire in the city's history.

Other stories that will be related to tourists via the new app are Sean Connolly's fight for city Hall in 1916, Robert Emmet's final speech from his execution on Thomas Street, and the 19th century murder of two policemen in Temple Bar.

"At St. Audeon's Church, tourists will be told about the story of the 'Lucky Stone', a stone long thought to possess supernatural powers of good luck."

College Green will host the story of 'Dutch Billy', where the statue of William of Orange has been attacked, looted, and blown up over the career of its life.

Minister of Tourism and Transportation Leo Varadkar has said that the trail will bring tourists along the line of "important but not well known stories."

"Now visitors cab also hear the stories along the trail as told by real Dubliners, focusing on the hidden history and secrets along the way."

The Dubine project was launched in May, and is hoped to boost tourism in Dublin, which currently accounts for roughly $2 billion (1.5 billion euros) of the city's economy.

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