This recently announced project will use the network of walking trails in the east of the county (existing and in development) as a basis on which to develop a Local Heritage Recording Project which will connect, via heritage recording and interpretation, the trails and associated towns, villages and places along the way – these include Kilmacanogue, Roundwood, Annamoe, Laragh, Rathdrum, Wicklow and Avoca.
As part of the initial phase, Abarta Heritage has been engaged to compile information using local information and other sources and to generate digital “points of interest” with the engagement process with local communities, groups and individuals to record their stories relating to the historic settlements, wildlife and the rich cultural heritage of the area expected to commence in July 2018.
It is intended that once this project is completed, that it will inform the future development of visitor and tourism interpretation to promote this area as part of Ireland’s Ancient East and the ‘Wicklow Outdoors’ initiative recently announced by County Wicklow Tourism and Wicklow County Council.
This project, the first of it’s type to be undertaken in the east of the county, is modelled against other heritage recording projects that have been successfully carried out in recent years in the Blessington Lakeside area, the River Liffey, West Wicklow and South West Wicklow. A recent collection of brochure maps have been developed using the natural and built heritage sites identified by these projects with a number of other tourist products designed to enhance the visitor experience to be unveiled soon.
For more information on these projects, please see: www.CountyWicklowHeritage.org
An open information evening has been organised to launch the project on July 4th in Roundwood’s Parish Hall Centre with more information on the event available here.
The Wicklow Trails Heritage Recording Project is co-ordinated jointly by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council and the Wicklow Uplands Council with funding support from The Heritage Council through the County Wicklow Heritage Plan Fund.
For all queries related to this project, please contact:
Deirdre Burns: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 0404 20100
Brian Dunne email@example.com T: 01 281 8406.