Opening of Miners Way walk on Friday
A NEW 20 km way marked trail from the Glendasan valley near Turlough Hill to the Baravore mine site in Glenmalure is being officially opened this Friday.
This trail celebrates the presence of mining enterprises in the three valleys of Glendasan, Glendalough and Glenmalure in the nineteenth century and mining in Glendalough up until the 1950s.
The development of this spectacularly scenic way marked walk has been overseen by the Rural Recreation Officer, Bryan Fennell and has been made possible by the collaboration of the Glenmalure Pure Mile Group and the Glens Of Lead Group, together with the cooperation of the National Parks and Wildlife, Coillte and Wicklow County Council, on whose lands the trail runs.
Former miner Robert Carter, Ashford and formerly of Glendalough, will be present to launch the event, together with Minister of State Andrew Doyle and Pat Casey,T.D .
Internationally acclaimed poet Jane Clarke will be present read her new poem created to commemorate the mining heritage, while earlier poetry already written to celebrate the mining heritage will also be recited on the day.
The event begins at the Luganure site in Glendasan at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 7 and continues with the official opening in Baravore, Glenmalure at 2.30 p.m. followed by refreshments in Glenmalure Lodge, poetry and music and the launch of the new Miners’ Way map and leaflet by Cllr Pat Kennedy.
The Miners Way walk will be launched on Friday.