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Our tourist master stroke -- a green line of paint in city

A THIN green line could be painted on Dublin's streets in an attempt to lure tourists to the city's most historical places.

Cllr Paul McAuliffe wants Dublin City Council to buy cans of paint and create a 'Freedom Trail' similar to the one in place in Boston.

The trail could be a painted or be on a green brick path stretching across the city and passing by buildings such as the GPO, Dublin Castle and St Stephen's Green which were involved in the 1916 Easter Rising.

And the councillor said that he believes it can work because it is so cheap.

"We're talking about just a few buckets of paint here," Cllr McAuliffe said.

"We're not reinventing the wheel -- we'd be copying Boston but it works so well there.

"All along the trail there are opportunities for businesses.

"I'm sure there will be a dispute about where it goes -- there is such a high degree of economic activity around it," he added.

The Boston Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red paint and brick path from Boston Common to Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown with simple ground markers, graveyards, notable churches and other buildings along the way.

The Dublin facility would allow tourists to get from place to place around the key historical buildings without difficulty.

"In Boston, in historical areas, the red line turns to red brick," Cllr McAuliffe said.



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"It could be a simple, small, thin green line which would easily blend in with the background."

Cllr McAuliffe (Fianna Fail) believes that for such a small outlay, it would have huge rewards.

"It could create employment and business opportunities -- people could set up their own tour groups based on the trail," he said.

"And it has the potential to be innovative too. Dublin City Council already support a number of apps to encourage tourism in the centre -- there could be a Freedom Trail App created too."

The trail may also include important locations associated with the 1913 Lock-out and the First World War.

Cllr McAuliffe said that the proposal before the Council could be extended to include the commemorations of the entire century -- the 1913 Strike and Lock-out and the Irish participation in World War I.

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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