Launch of Clontarf section of National Brian Boru Trail – 12noon 27th March

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Dublin City Council as part of 2014’s commemorations of Brian Boru and The Battle of Clontarf is delighted to announce a new Heritage Trail in Clontarf.  The Heritage Trail will form a key part of a National Brian Boru trail linking Killaloe, Cashel, Clontarf and Armagh. The Battle of Clontarf HeritageTrail tells the story of events leading up to the battle and the battle itself which took place in the Spring of 1014. There are six panels spaced along 3 km of scenic walkway in Clontarf, from the Alfie Byrne Road to the Wooden Bridge. The Trail creates a focal point in Clontarf that up to now didn’t exist for the Battle of Clontarf.

Dublin City Council along with the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht  are working closely with Clontarf Historical Society, Raheny Heritage Society, the Clontarf  2014 Commemoration Committee and local businesses to bring this heritage trail to fruition.  The launch of the trail is part of a local event which falls under the national programme of events to commemorate the Millennium Anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf.  

The Battle of Clontarf Heritage Trail will be officially launched by Councillor Naoise Ó Muirí, representing Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn and Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on Thursday 27th March at 12 noon, on the Clontarf promenade,  (opposite the Bram Stoker Hotel, Clontarf Road).

Councillor Naoise Ó Muirí spoke of the significance of the Clontarf Heritage Trail. He said “these displays give a wonderful account of the battle and also are a guide to the local history of Clontarf. It will be of great interest to the many that walk our beautiful promenade but also will attract many new visitors to the seafront. It is a great achievement combining vision, local voluntary enthusiasm, public and private sector cooperation. In particular I would like to pay tribute to Dublin City Council North Central Area and Parks Division who worked closely with Collette Gill and her Clontarf 2014 committee from the start to ensure that this project would be of lasting benefit to the area and the city.”

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD said that “this trail is an important part of the national Brian Ború/ Battle of Clontarf commemorations linking Killaloe, Cashel, Clontarf and Armagh. It is a significant lasting legacy marking this famous event which, up to now, had no permanent memorial. The trail is a tribute to the voluntary local effort backed by my department and Dublin City Council together with generous support from business interests.”

Clontarf 2014 Commemoration Committee Chairperson, Collette Gill said “The Heritage Trail will form a key part of the 2014 celebrations and continue to be an attraction for Clontarf in the future, contributing to local business and tourism.  It will contribute to the amenity value of the area and encourage people to walk the promenade for health and recreation. I would like to acknowledge the great local support for this initiative especially our local major sponsors, the Clontarf Residents Association, MKN Property Group, Connolly’s The Sheds and Fitzpatricks Wholesale who provided sponsorship for all the displays.”

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Notes to the Editor:

Not to be missed is Dublin City Council’s Battle of Clontarf Easter Weekend Festival taking place in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny on the 19th and 20th April.  This is just one of the many events taking place across the city as part of the millennium celebrations.

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