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Tourist trail links up with historic sites

KEY locations from the War of Independence will form part of a new interactive portion of the tourist trail known as the Dubline.

It is expected the trail will include an Independence-themed section, featuring the GPO, site of the Easter 1916 rising. It will also include Dublin Castle, where the British intelligence's administration system was based and where Michael Collins famously spent a night rifling through IRA files.

It is also set to include Moore Street and its surrounding laneways, often considered to be the last historic remnants of the battlefield of the rising, as well as Kilmainham Gaol, where rebel leaders were executed.

Yesterday, Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar announced that some €620,000 will be spent on improving a number of historical locations on the Dubline trail, which will take visitors through our Viking, medieval, Norman and Anglo-Irish pasts.

Funding has been granted to locations including St Werburgh's Church near Dublin Castle, the burial place of United Irishmen commander Lord Edward Fitzgerald and the bell at Smock Alley, the first Catholic bell to ring in Dublin in breach of the Penal Laws.

The project is a combined effort from Failte Ireland, Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works. Mr Varadkar said he hopes the project becomes a "focal point" for visitors.

"This new initiative will combine the ancient era with modern technology to immerse tourists in Dublin's history," he said.


Fáilte Ireland chief executive Shaun Quinn said: "Increasingly, a successful tourism destination needs to be able to tell its story and to provide opportunities for visitors to engage with the narrative."

"We believe that the Dubline project will allow us to do just that, and will help us to raise our game in marketing Dublin as a world class destination."