Google Street View has finally landed in Ireland. This new internet application provides the viewer with a 360 degree tour of Irish streets and provides a great way to explore the area where your ancestors lived.... without exhausting shoe leather or air miles credits.
Street View allows you to navigate and 'travel' the neighbourhoods where your family lived their lives. It provides you with a much greater feel for specific locations or areas than random snapshots bring. Only problem .... you can lose hours on it!!
You can access Street View via http://earth.google.co.uk (which is free to download, and, in my opinion, the easier and faster option) or www.maps.google.com.
Have fun exploring!