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Finglas's rich history, from early Christian times to its development as a Dublin suburb in the 1950s, is chronicled in a new heritage trail.

Trail information panels and plaques have been installed at key points around the area, explaining the history and development of Finglas.

Dublin Lord Mayor Naoise O Muiri, who will formally launch the way-marked trail next Tuesday, said Finglas is "a place of famous storytellers, home to global music acts and the breeding ground for county and international sporting stars".

It is a hidden gem with a long and rich history and a story to tell, he said.

"I am delighted to promote this history trail as a further example of the positive contribution Finglas has made to Dublin life."

Dublin City Council's Finglas Area Office is offering scheduled walking tours along the trail throughout the year.

RTE's Samantha Libreri will be a guest speaker at Tuesday's launch. She is from Finglas and recently wrote Finglas: A People's Portrait.

Finglas (from the Irish, Fionn Ghlas – meaning Clear Stream) was the site of one of the most important early Christian monasteries, founded in 560.

Dublin City Council says a tour of the trail will take you on a journey through the early history of Finglas from St Patrick and St Canice to a Viking burial site just to the west of the medieval church of St Canice.

Following their victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, the soldiers of William of Orange camped at Finglas before entering Dublin.

A local landmark, popularly known as King William's Ramparts, recalls the event.