Balbriggan Heritage Week Talk
‘Real Balbriggans’ Heritage Walk, organised as part of National Heritage Week 2016 was a great success. Despite the steely skies and persistent drizzle the guided walk attracted over 60 people.
Participants gathered at the carpark in front of St. Peter and Paul’s Church in Balbriggan and were taken on a guided tour by the knowledgeable local historian Dr David Sorensen. Stopping off at various points of interest in the town, the walk finished after dark at Blackrock swimming area at the foot of Balbriggan Martello tower beside the ruined buildings of the former bath and boathouse.
“We were delighted and a little overwhelmed with such a great turn out “, said one of the organisers. “ We should have had a microphone available, as some people had difficulties in hearing the guide “. However, the feedback received from participants was very positive and encouraging, with calls for more information and an interest in future guided walks.
Balbriggan Tourism have recently obtained a grant from the Local Diaspora Engagement Fund administered by the Taoiseach’s Department for the creation of a heritage trail of Balbriggan. The trail is focused on Balbriggan as a very important heritage town with an industrial milling and textile manufacturing past, on a par with cities such as Belfast, Cork and Dublin.
We hope that the creation of a heritage trail will raise the profile of Balbriggan and contribute to its pledge to become more culture and tourism oriented town.