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Published on : Wednesday, December 16, 2015
An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh, and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, today officially launched twelve new Interpretive Panels to promote key historic sites in Dublin and to encourage greater visitor engagement with the city’s stories and past.
The new panels are large attractive storyboards situated along the Dubline, a unique cultural and heritage walking trail running across the city from Parnell Square, via Trinity College, to Kilmainham Gaol and Courthouse. The Dubline, jointly developed by Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland, connects places, people and stories and showcases Dublin’s rich heritage – enabling visitors to uncover many of the city’s hidden gems. Images of the new panels can be accessed HERE .
Launching the Interpretive Panels, An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh, said:
“The Interpretive Panels are a wonderful addition to the series of themed walking trails or Discovery Trails already launched last Summer by Dublin City Council and Failte Ireland. Nach cóiriúil go bhfuilimid inniu ag seoladh na painéil seo sa láthair stairiúil seo atá fite fuaite le stair na cathrach agus le stair na tíre. Dublin is rich in history and it is appropriate, with the 1916 commemorations only around the corner, that we should be here today at Kilmainham Gaol to launch the panels. The Interpretive Panels complementing the Dubline will open up the story of Dublin to visitors and Dubliners alike.”
Welcoming the benefit of the Interpretive Panels, Minister Donohoe pointed out:
“These panels will be a timely addition to our tourism infrastructure in Dublin – particularly as Irish history takes centre stage next year and we commemorate the 1916 centenary. The streets and laneways of Dublin echo with a great variety of stories about our past and visitors to this city, who want to learn more about us and about our country, will now have extra assistance in engaging with our past.”
The twelve Interpretive Panels have been placed at significant and important junctures along the Dubline which provide the trail user with useful information about key historical locations, events and characters and to act as an additional marker along the route. The Panels will also help trail users to discover the stories that shaped Dublin and trace the timeline of our city from its origins to the present day.
Explaining the importance of such visual markers, Noel John McLoughlin, Fáilte Ireland’s Director of Marketing emphasised:
“While we have a rich history and great tales to tell, we can’t assume that they are self-evident and we have to really put them out front and centre to our visitors. Previously, visitors to the city would have walked unawares past many of our lesser known historical landmarks. Now, through the Dubline, we are providing visibility and an engaging narrative to fully tell the story of this city’s past.”
The purpose of the Dubline Interpretative Panels is to build on and complement the existing signage, by providing an additional layer of information for the visitor to the city. It is proposed that this addition to the system will direct visitors to destinations, landmarks and places of interest of a more local character, located on or in the vicinity of the Dubline walking route.
Commenting on the enhanced walking experience, which will be available to tourists, Brendan Kenny, Assistant Chief Executive in Dublin City Council, stated that:
“The new structures will significantly enhance the public realm and help foster a unique identity for the city of Dublin. By incorporating new technology, the Interpretive Panels will offer visitors an even more compelling, accessible and interactive experience. ”
Source:- Failte Ireland