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    New Northside Trails to Open Up Dublin’s Inspiring Places

    New Northside Trails to Open Up Dublin’s Inspiring Places
    Daniel O Connell follows an Irish Volunteer and James Joyce on a Northside Trail

    Visitors can now explore the hidden histories and inspiring sites of Dublin City’s Northside as two new free Dublin Discovery Trails are launched today (1st August 2017) by Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath, Mícheál MacDonnacha at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. The new trails – ‘Iconic Sights, Hidden Highlights’ and ‘Inspiring Places, Hallowed Spaces’ - have been developed by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Dublin City Council and Dublin’s Northside Attractions (Dublin’s DNA).
    The new trails are designed to provide more ways for visitors to explore some of the most interesting historic sites and attractions located in this part of Dublin city including sites such as Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, James Joyce Centre, The GPO Witness History, EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum and Croke Park.  
    The new trails are the latest addition to the existing Dublin Discovery Trails - a series of FREE self-guided walking trails connected by The Dubline (see notes to editor), an orientation route through the heart of the city which introduces visitors to the magical tales of the city’s colourful past as they explore the capital.
    Launching the new Trails at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane today, Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath, Mícheál MacDonncha said –

    “I am delighted to launch the New Northside trails which are sure to be a welcome addition to the existing Dublin Discovery Trails. It is fitting that the launch is taking place here in Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, one of the iconic venues on the trail. Tá stair fada ag an cathair seo agus tá an-suim ag saoránaigh agus cuairteoirí sa scéal sin.”

    Speaking about the new trails, Fáilte Ireland’s Chief Executive, Paul Kelly emphasised –

    “Tourism in Dublin is performing extremely well these days but we cannot be complacent, particularly in the context of the significant risk posed by declining UK visitors. One thing we know for sure, as we face into these risks, is that the better we make our visitor experience the more visitors will come and the more tourism revenue will contribute to the local economy and communities. Visitors these days are looking more and more for authentic experiences connected to the people, culture and history of where they are visiting. These new trails on the northside of the city are all part of our evolving programme to enrich the visitor experience by leveraging Dublin’s great stories, and making it easy for visitors to delve deeper into real Dublin.”

    The two new Dublin Discovery Trails, which are now available to download for free, are
    • Iconic Sights, Hidden Highlights: on this trail visitors can discover how the Four Courts paid a heavy price in the fight for independence, witness one of the best-preserved Georgian streets in the city at Henrietta St, discover the Blessington Basin, and hear about Dublin’s docklands, Ireland’s tale of emigration and much more. 
    • Inspiring Places, Hallowed Spaces: brings visitors on the fascinating journey through Dublin’s Northside where they will visit the icon of Irish culture and history, Croke Park, learn all about Ireland’s best known writers and talkers, enjoy the serenity of Glasnevin Cemetery, take in the tropics at the National Botanical Gardens and revel in the leafy suburbs of Dublin which housed some of Ireland’s rebellious rebels.
    Matthew Jebb, Chairman of the Dublin Northside Alliance explained –

    “The Dublin Northside Attractions (DNA) Alliance came about in 2015 as a forum for like-minded cultural attractions in the north city centre quarter. It has rapidly grown into a fully-fledged tourist experience. We have been delighted to work with Fáilte Ireland in developing these walking trails which will integrate attractions and tourism related businesses in the district. We hope they will open up the area to overseas visitors as well as Dubliner's to get to know their unique cultural landscape.”

    The Dublin Discovery Trails were launched in December 2015 and since then the Dublin Discovery Trails App has recorded over 25,000 downloads. 

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