Freedom Trail will put 1916 Rising sites on tourist map
AN Independence Trail for tourists visiting sites associated with the 1916 Rising will be launched next year, the Irish Independent has learnt.
The project is inspired by Boston's Freedom Trail, which is based on locations linked to the American Revolution.
As well as battle sites and monuments associated with Easter Week, the Dublin route will also include places associated with the 1798 insurrection and Robert Emmet's short-lived but dramatic rebellion in 1803.
A Department of Transport spokesman confirmed the initiative is expected to be running within the next 12 months.
"Some aspects of the trail, including an Independence Trail app for tourists, are likely to be available well before that date," he added.
The rebellion of 1803 is particularly associated with the Christchurch and Kilmainham areas of Dublin.
The 1798 uprising is linked to Dublin Castle, among other locations. "A total of three Independence Trail loops have been developed based on these historical events," said the spokesman.
The app to guide visitors along these historical routes will be launched in March or April. For the less technologically minded there are plans for signposts and information boards at key locations, as well as a series of special pictorial maps designed for tourists.
These are also expected to be launched by April and will provide detailed background to iconic Easter Week locations such as the GPO, Moore Street, Boland's Mill, Mount Street Bridge, St Stephen's Green and Glasnevin Cemetery.
Failte Ireland says it has also identified a strong demand for self-guided tours related to the 1916 Rising, as well as other key events in Irish history.
The trail will run in tandem with the €4m-funded Dublinia Trail currently in operation. Running from College Green to Kilmainham, it tells the story of Dublin, with special focus on the Viking, Medieval, Norman and Anglo-Irish periods.
Refurbished premises at Barnardo Square in Dame Street will be an information hub for both trails. Tourism is worth over €1.5bn annually to Dublin.