High Hopes for Her­itage Town

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Bray People - - DOWN THE YEARS -

April 1994

BALT­IN­GLASS is gear­ing it­self up for a ma­jor tourist drive with the news this week that the town has qual­i­fied for spe­cial fund­ing to ex­ploit its wealth of her­itage.

The Cis­ter­cian set­tle­ment, sur­rounded by well doc­u­mented ne­olithic re­mains and with a strong as­so­ci­a­tion with the 1798 re­bel­lion, is to be­come one of 33 her­itage towns in Ire­land which will at­tract vis­i­tors in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about Ir­ish his­tory and cul­ture.

The rich and di­verse past of Balt­in­glass will be out­lined and in­ter­preted in a her­itage cen­tre in the town. There will also be her­itage trails around Balt­in­glass tak­ing in the var­i­ous points of in­ter­est and, pos­si­bly, a her­itage cy­cling tour of the sur­round­ing area.

The Balt­in­glass Her­itage Town Com­pany is be­ing set up by an ad in­terim com­mit­tee which has been formed by Bord Failte in con­junc­tion with Wick­low County Coun­cil and lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Tourism of­fi­cer, Ray O’Con­nor, stressed that the suc­cess of the ven­ture would de­pend largely on the ini­tia­tive and sup­port of the people of Balt­in­glass.

‘GRants of up to 75 per cent are avail­able for the de­vel­op­ment of the town but it will re­quire to­tal com­mit­ment from all - not just one or two groups,’ he added.

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