Over 200 years of stories surround the iconic harbour of Dún Laoghaire. On Wednesday, 6th of September 2023, a new trail was launched to bring some of these stories of courage, craftmanship, commemoration and the Crimean war to life. The trail consists of 10 key points of interest along the coast and down the iconic east pier & also captures some of the best views of Dublin Bay. The new trail also complements the newly launched Dublin Coastal Trail.
At the launch An Cathaoirleach Cllr Denis O’Callaghan remarked
” Approximately one million people walk & visit the east pier of Dun Laoghaire annually. This new trail seeks to enhance the experience of visitors by bringing to life the stories of how the pier was built and why it’s so historically significant”
The development of this new trail has been supported by Fáilte Ireland as part of the Destination Towns Programme which seeks to encourage visitors to discover Dublin and spend longer in its towns & villages.
Frank Curran Chief Executive of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said:
“ Dún Laoghaire is an attractive and accessible tourism destination, steeped in culture, maritime heritage and a breath-taking coast. This project seeks to bring the town’s unique history and heritage to life to enhance the visitor experience. The County Council are delighted to have collaborated with Failte Ireland in the development of this project as part of the Destination Towns Progamme”.
Failte Irelands Helen Cole said:
”‘With the modern tourist looking for more unique and compelling ways to immerse themselves in the culture, heritage and history of a destination, Fáilte Ireland was pleased to the support the development of this new heritage trail in Dun Laoghaire as part of our Destination Towns Investment Scheme.
The project brings the town’s unique history and heritage to life in new innovative ways and greatly compliments the Dublin Coastal Trail which encourages visitors to explore the wealth of experiences and activities along Dublin’s scenic coastline.
The trail will also help improve visitor flow to the area and will encourage visitors to stay longer, further spreading the economic benefits of tourism to the local businesses in the town’.
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