Sunday 16 June 2019

Trooperstown to Laragh footpath officially opened

Myles Buchanan

A new 1.6 km footpath from Laragh to Trooperstown will provide an important link between the Avonmore Way and Glendalough, St Kevin's Way and the Wicklow Way.

The new footpath was officially opened last Tuesday and also marks a significant improvement to Wicklow's network of trails.

It assists visitors to Glendalough to link with Rathdrum, the train station or Avondale and its upcoming extensive development. These trails can connect the towns and villages along the way allowing tourists to experience their rich heritage and hospitality.

The project is one of the major Local Footpath Renewal Schemes undertaken by the Wicklow Municipal District and Wicklow County Council.

Cllr Daire Nolan, Cathaoirleach, Wicklow Municipal District, described the county's outdoor and recreational attractions as important assets to be appreciated by all.

'These are fundamental to the enjoyment of the county by both residents and visitors alike. Wicklow should be described as an all year-round tourist destination as it looks beautiful in whichever season it is viewed in.'

George Randle, General Services Supervisor, Wicklow Municipal District, and his men were also commended on their workmanship in constructing the footpath, as its creation now provides an important and safe link from Laragh to other trail networks in the area.

District Manager, Mr Brian Gleeson, was also present a the launch. He said: 'All of our plans - including Wicklow County Local Economic and Community Plan, Wicklow County Development Plan, County Wicklow Outdoor Recreation Strategy and Wicklow Tourism Strategy and Marketing Plan - have a vision to promote, develop and protect and enhance Wicklow's unique and rich natural and cultural heritage.

'It should also be noted that the 2016 Census on health and wellbeing showed that the general health of people in County Wicklow is better than the State average and this could possibly be attributed to Wicklow's natural outdoor and recreational assets.'

Local landowners, both private and public, were also thanked for their consensus, without which the successful progression of the trails would not have happened.

Wicklow People