On Saturday next 7th May, the local Ukrainian community have been invited to take part in a guided walk of the Wicklow Town Heritage Trail at 11am, commencing from Fitzwilliam Square.
This lovely gesture to the local Ukrainian community follows on from an initiative of Peter Byrne, President of the Wicklow Rotary Club, who asked the organisers of the weekly walks if it would be possible to provide this walk for the newest visitors to our town.
The walk will be led by John Alvey and Jim Clarke, who will be assisted by an interpreter to ensure that those taking part will develop a meaningful knowledge of the Heritage Trail, which details the history of Wicklow Town from the landing of St. Patrick in 432, to the end of the Civil War in 1923.
Among the key parts of the local history, will be:
- The story of the construction of St. Patrick’s Church and its historical context.
- The ruins of the Franciscan Abbey and the significance of this site.
- A visit to the Church of Ireland, burial place of Robert Halpin, Wicklow’s most famous son and a visit to his birthplace.
- The Halpin Memorial, Fitzwilliam Square.
John and Jim are looking forward to what will be a unique experience for them and to providing a real Wicklow welcome to what is becoming a growing and well-loved community in our town.