An exciting new landmark was unveiled in Shillelagh village on Friday night.
Local councillors, representatives from the Wicklow Uplands Council, Wicklow County Council, the Shillelagh People's Property Company and members of the local community gathered for a socially distant event to unveil the new heritage interpretative panel next to the village green.
The panel highlights the connections between Coollattin Estate and Wentworth House in the United Kingdom, home to the Fitzwilliam family. The panel looks at the rich heritage and natural landscape of the area.
The panel was unveiled by local historians Jerry Cassidy and Paddy Behan. Its installation follows months of research to identify the key natural and built heritage features which was brought to life with a specially commissioned art piece created by designer Paul Francis.
Heritage interpretative panels will be unveiled in Lacken and Ashford in the coming weeks, They will expand the network of heritage interpretative panels in the county to 16 which are part of an ongoing project which has seen the Wicklow Uplands Council work with communities to develop these showcases of natural and built heritage
The panel builds on the work carried out by the local community in Shillelagh to highlight the unique heritage of the village which included the unveiling of the Heritage Trail in 2018.
The project is a partnership between village communities, Wicklow County Council and Wicklow Uplands Council. The funding for the three new panel was made possible with assistance from County Wicklow Partnership and LEADER funding.
Wicklow Uplands Council extended thanks to the Shillelagh People's Property Company for their commitment and collaboration during the the development of this panel and to Joe Dolan, whose passionate and knowledgeable input proved to be an invaluable asset throughout.
Community groups interested in participating in the heritage interpretative panels project can find out more information at www.wicklowuplands.ie