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The President of Wicklow Town & District Chamber of Commerce, Matt Forkin has said that the Wicklow Town Heritage Trail has introduced a significant addition to the Tourist offering in Wicklow Town.

He was speaking after the successful launch of the first guided walk for the Wicklow Town Heritage Trail, which took place on Saturday last, 19th March, which attracted a large number of visitors.

He complimented Wicklow Town Team and Wicklow Municipal Council on developing this project and said that this new project will have a real economic benefit to the town, as the trail follows through all of the main street and finishes in Wicklow Gaol, which is currently the leading tourist attraction in the town.

The Heritage Trail features 24 points of interest – detailing the history of Wicklow Town, from the landing of St. Patrick in 432, to the end of the Civil War in 1923. To complete the Heritage Trail, it will take around 2 hours, allowing participants to spend some time at each location.

Mr Forkin said that he noted that there is an invitation on the promotional material for the trail for visitors to enjoy the friendliness of Wicklow Town and to visit our family-owned award-winning shops, hospitable cafes, restaurants and pubs, as they follow the new Wicklow Town Heritage Trail.

He said that with the threat of Covid being lifted and the abolition of its restrictions, there is a real opportunity for all retail and hospitality businesses to promote this trail, which he has no doubt will bring added footfall to the town.

Speaking after the inaugural guided walk, local historian John Finlay confirmed that there are now plans to have a weekly guided walk of the Wicklow Town Heritage Trail with effect from Easter Saturday, 16th April 2022.

For further information on the Wicklow Town Heritage Trail, visit www.wicklowtown.ie.