Enjoy free weekly guided walks with the Wicklow Town Heritage Trail from Easter Saturday

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The weekly guided walk of the Wicklow Town Heritage Trail commences on Saturday 30th March.

The walk will commence from outside the Failte Ireland office in Fitzwilliam Square at 11am and will take approximately 2 hours to complete – enabling the participants to spend some time at each location.

These weekly guided walks will continue right through the Summer until the last Saturday in September.

Locals, Visitors and Tourists are all welcome to take part in what is a very informative walk detailing the rich history of Wicklow Town, from the landing of St. Patrick in 432 to the end of the Civil War in 1923.

The Trail covers 18 key sites of Historical interest including the following:

  • The story of local man Robert Halpin who laid the first Trans-Atlantic cable.
  • The history of the Abbey Grounds and the Franciscan Abbey.
  • The story of Billy Byrne and the 1798 rising in Wicklow Town
  • The massacre of over 300 mainly women and children in Melancholy Lane by Sir Charles Coote in 1641.
  • The story of the Black Castle including details of some of the battles that took place over 6 centuries.
  • The attempted landing by St. Patrick at Travilahawk Beach.
  • The history relating to the Barrow Green, including stories of the secret burials that took place there.

On each of the storyboards located throughout the town, there is a QR code which enables participants to watch a video on their phone, telling them the story of each key location. The actors featured on the videos are members of the local dramatic society.

John Finlay, the Chairperson of the Wicklow Historical Society said that since the Heritage Trail commenced, 2 years ago, this new Tourist offering to the town has welcomed visitors from the 5 continents of the world. Many Irish Tourists and local residents have enjoyed and appreciated the rich and ancient heritage of Wicklow Town.

For further information on the Wicklow Town Heritage Trail, visit www.wicklowtown.ie.

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