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THE Wick­low Up­lands played a star­ring role in the lat­est episode of ‘Tracks and Trails’ as ac­tress Aoibhín Gar­rihy and her hus­band John Burke paid a visit to the gar­den county.

The cou­ple started at the JB Me­mo­rial in Bal­li­nas­toe and cov­ered a dis­tance of 30km along the Wick­low Way, pass­ing Lug­gala House on their jour­ney. On their way they met world moun­tain bike cham­pion Robin Sey­mour, who trains reg­u­larly on the des­ig­nated moun­tain bike tracks, which have been sep­a­rated from the walk­ing trails. In the for­est they met lo­cal his­to­rian Sean Byrne who re­mem­bered when times were very dif­fer­ent and tells them about a de­serted vil­lage, which the last res­i­dents left in 1954.

Hav­ing walked a fur­ther 6km of coun­try roads, the cou­ple stopped for lunch in Round­wood vil­lage, then com­pleted a 2km looped walk around the lakes at the Vartry reser­voir. There, lo­cal en­gi­neer Ned Flem­ing told them about the reser­voir’s wa­ter con­nec­tion into Dublin and its his­tory and Ed­war­dian ar­chi­tec­ture. The episode re­mains availa- ble on RTÉ Player for the next four weeks.

Ac­tress Aoibhín Gar­rihy and her hus­band John Burke in the Wick­low up­lands in ‘Tracks and Trails’.

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