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Google Trekkers showing their strength on the Sheeps Head

September 7th, 2015 9:13 AM

By Southern Star Team

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BY JACKIE KEOGH

MEMBERS of Skibbereen Walking Group who were following the Peakeen Ridge on the Sheep’s Head Way on Sunday came across something rather unusual – a Google Trekker recording some of the lesser-spotted highlights of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

There were, in fact, a number of Google Trekkers out and about in West Cork this week, both men and women who volunteered to carry the three-and-a-half-stone machine.

The machine is carried like a rucksack but is lofted above the head so its 15 cameras can capture uninterrupted images every two seconds – all of which are later stitched together to create a ‘street view’.

Volunteers took it in turns to carry the Google Trekker along the Sheep’s Head Way’s Lighthouse Loop Walk and the Peakeen Ridge Linear Walk on Sunday, which was a perfect day to capture the views out to the Mizen, Cape Clear, and the Fastnet Rock on the eastern side, and Bantry Bay, Beara, and the Bull Rock to the west.

It was John Tobin that the walkers first met on Sunday and even burdened with his heavy load, he took time to acknowledge the fact that the Google Trekker is ‘a fantastic way to bring the Sheep’s Head Way, the West Cork Peninsulas and its islands to life for prospective visitors.’

John, who is a member of the Sheep’s Head and Bantry Tourism Co-operative, praised everyone involved in this latest marketing initiative saying: ‘It was a real team effort.’

Google loaned the Google Trekker to Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way team, and they recorded footage on Dursey Island, Bere Island, the Mizen peninsula, and the Sheep’s Head.

It will be available to view on Google Earth in February 2016.

BY JACKIE KEOGH

MEMBERS of Skibbereen Walking Group who were following the Peakeen Ridge on the Sheep’s Head Way on Sunday came across something rather unusual – a Google Trekker recording some of the lesser-spotted highlights of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

There were, in fact, a number of Google Trekkers out and about in West Cork this week, both men and women who volunteered to carry the three-and-a-half-stone machine.

The machine is carried like a rucksack but is lofted above the head so its 15 cameras can capture uninterrupted images every two seconds – all of which are later stitched together to create a ‘street view’.

Volunteers took it in turns to carry the Google Trekker along the Sheep’s Head Way’s Lighthouse Loop Walk and the Peakeen Ridge Linear Walk on Sunday, which was a perfect day to capture the views out to the Mizen, Cape Clear, and the Fastnet Rock on the eastern side, and Bantry Bay, Beara, and the Bull Rock to the west.

It was John Tobin that the walkers first met on Sunday and even burdened with his heavy load, he took time to acknowledge the fact that the Google Trekker is ‘a fantastic way to bring the Sheep’s Head Way, the West Cork Peninsulas and its islands to life for prospective visitors.’

John, who is a member of the Sheep’s Head and Bantry Tourism Co-operative, praised everyone involved in this latest marketing initiative saying: ‘It was a real team effort.’

Google loaned the Google Trekker to Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way team, and they recorded footage on Dursey Island, Bere Island, the Mizen peninsula, and the Sheep’s Head.

It will be available to view on Google Earth in February 2016.

BY JACKIE KEOGH

MEMBERS of Skibbereen Walking Group who were following the Peakeen Ridge on the Sheep’s Head Way on Sunday came across something rather unusual – a Google Trekker recording some of the lesser-spotted highlights of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

There were, in fact, a number of Google Trekkers out and about in West Cork this week, both men and women who volunteered to carry the three-and-a-half-stone machine.

The machine is carried like a rucksack but is lofted above the head so its 15 cameras can capture uninterrupted images every two seconds – all of which are later stitched together to create a ‘street view’.

Volunteers took it in turns to carry the Google Trekker along the Sheep’s Head Way’s Lighthouse Loop Walk and the Peakeen Ridge Linear Walk on Sunday, which was a perfect day to capture the views out to the Mizen, Cape Clear, and the Fastnet Rock on the eastern side, and Bantry Bay, Beara, and the Bull Rock to the west.

It was John Tobin that the walkers first met on Sunday and even burdened with his heavy load, he took time to acknowledge the fact that the Google Trekker is ‘a fantastic way to bring the Sheep’s Head Way, the West Cork Peninsulas and its islands to life for prospective visitors.’

John, who is a member of the Sheep’s Head and Bantry Tourism Co-operative, praised everyone involved in this latest marketing initiative saying: ‘It was a real team effort.’

Google loaned the Google Trekker to Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way team, and they recorded footage on Dursey Island, Bere Island, the Mizen peninsula, and the Sheep’s Head.

It will be available to view on Google Earth in February 2016.

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