Sunday 16 June 2019

Free guided heritage walk through Mallow town

Bill Browne

The public has been invited to take a trip through Mallow's fascinating and colourful past during a free guided walking tour taking place through the heart of the town next Thursday after noon (July 26). 

Organised by the heritage sub-group of Mallow Development Partnership (MDP), the walk is one of the events taking place under the umbrella of the Mallow Arts Festival. 

It will get underway at 2pm from Mallow Railway Station, with the first port of call being the site of the former Royal Hotel, now the offices of Cork County Council, at Annabella. 

Heritage group chair Timothy Sheehan said the hotel holds particular significance, as it was one of the places Michael Collins visited during his final trip to Cork, just days before he was killed. 

The walk will also visit the site of Mallow Military Barracks, St Mary's, St James' and St Anne's Churches and the Town Hall on Davis Street. 

It will then proceed to Davis Square, where tour guides will speak on a range of topics including the Clock House and some famous local names, including Thomas Davis, William O'Brien and Canon Sheehan. 

From there, the tour will proceed to Spa House, Tip O'Neill Park, Mallow Castle and the Blackwater Way before finishing at the monument on Mallow Bridge. 

Mr Sheehan said the tour, which will also take in points of interest along the  Mallow Historic Rebel Trail, would offer people a fascinating insight into Mallow's rich and vibrant historical, cultural and built heritage. 

"The town of Mallow is steeped in history, much of which people may not be aware of, said Mr Sheehan. 

"The tour will offer a wonderful insight into this history and how the town has grown and developed over he years.  

"All going well, we hope to hold these tours on a regular basis in the future," he added.  For more information about the tour, contact Timothy Sheehan on 087 259 3791.