Saturday 24 February 2018

'We’re trying to put Finglas on the map' - Dublin trio launch app that enables you know the news in any area

Barry and Robbie Carey
Barry and Robbie Carey
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A new app has been launched by three Dubliners which aims to allow users to have their finger on the “pulse” of any given area

People Using Local Stories Everywhere (PULSE) was started by Barry Lawlor, Robbie Carey and Darragh Blake, and has received financial backing from former senator Fergal Quinn and Dragons Den star Eamon Quinn.

The app allows and facilitates people to share and read about what is happening in their local area, their wider community or even the biggest stories nationwide.

It is a platform for sharing the latest news and developments that will reach the relevant and interested demographic instantly.

Founding member Barry Lawlor explains the idea behind Pulse: “I wanted to bring more identity to users on the internet basically. There’s a big problem with bullying on social media, but Pulse doesn’t have friend requests and you can choose whether to accept or reject private messages.

“It shows you exactly where something is posted from and who posted it. For example, I’m from Finglas, so if I type in Finglas, it will show me who posted what and what exactly is happening in Finglas at that time.”

The social media application will also allow all local businesses and community centres to advertise and promote themselves.

“I’ve been speaking to people in Pieta House and they think it will be great for suicide awareness and it will enable them to respond to people in the community who may highlight that they are going through a tough time,” Mr Lawlor  told Independent.ie.

PULSE is currently available for Android phone users and it will be introduced to IOS before the end of 2016.

It will contain three tiers: local news, which consists of all the news posts from  people in the community you type in; regional news, for example ‘Dublin news’ which will contain all the posts from individual communities in the  Dublin area; and ‘national news’, for example, everything that is going on in Ireland.

Mr Lawlor admits it has been a long road but he is happy that all the hard work has finally paid off.

“It’s been tough, it’s been hard work. I don’t want to make it sound like it all went smoothly. We’ve overcome a lot of obstacles. If you work more on your weaknesses, you’ll overcome them.

“I’m from Finglas, I don’t have third-level education. I would consider myself working class and it’s my dream for this app to be a success, and hopefully it will help put Finglas on the map,” he said.

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