Min­ing trail walk up for her­itage award

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

THERE was great ex­cite­ment in Glen­malure and Glen­dalough this week af­ter it was an­nounced that a walk which took place last Au­gust has been short­listed for a Her­itage Week Award in the Hid­den Her­itage cat­e­gory.

The walk was jointly or­gan­ised by Glen­malure PURE Mile Group and the Glens of Lead Group and faces com­pe­ti­tion from three other short­listed projects.

The 20km min­ing trail walk from the Wick­low Gap road to Bar­a­vore, at the head of Glen­malure val­ley, passes through five ar­eas where lead min­ing flour­ished in both the nine­teenth and twen­ti­eth cen­turies.

The walk was led by Charles O’Byrne of Glen­malure and 28 en­thu­si­as­tic walk­ers en­joyed the re­count­ing of the hid­den her­itage along the route by Robert Carter of Glen­dalough, him­self a for­mer miner, Dave Shep­herd from Glens of Lead and Carmel O’Toole of Glen­malure.

The mine sites of Glen­dasan, Glen­dalough, Van Diemen’s Mines, Bal­li­na­fun­shoge and Bar­a­vore are all linked by this trail. In­ter­pre­ta­tive pan­els have re­cently been erected in some of these ar­eas giv­ing in­ter­est­ing his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion and show­ing an artist’s im­pres­sion of the work­ings at these for­mer mine sites.

The Her­itage Week Awards will be held to­mor­row (Thurs­day, April 12) in the of­fices of the Na­tional Her­itage Coun­cil, Kilkenny and will be at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both the Glens of Lead and Glen­malure PURE Mile.

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