Seven walks will bring ramblers through the cultural, historical and literary sites of Dún Laoghaire.
The Dun Laoghaire Way consists of seven walks around some of the most historic parts of Dun Laoghaire and the surrounding area.
Tourism in the area is concentrated on the coastal stretch linking Monkstown and Killiney. Most visitors go to Dun Laoghaire either to get the boat or walk along the pier.
The Dun Laoghaire Way is designed to show that there is much more to this area than just a walk by the sea.
Dun Laoghaire is now promoting seven separate walks lasting up to two hours taking walkers through areas of historical, cultural and literary interest in Blackrock, Monkstown, Sandycove, Dalkey, Killiney and Loughlinstown.
Councillor Aine Elliot, Chairperson of the Dun Laoghaire Borough Council, describes how she was inspired by similar walks in Killorglin on 'The Kerry Way'. Having completed the Kerry Way walks, Councillor Elliot was convinced that there was an opportunity to develop similar walks for Dun Laoghaire. The walks are designed for both tourists and locals and come with maps and signposts.
One of the new walks is 'The Dalkey Stroll' which tells us Dalkey was the chief port of Dublin during the Middle Ages. In Sorrento Park, a mosaic memorial pays tribute to local Elizabethan poet John Dowland, a friend of Shakespeare. The scene for Elsinore in the play 'Hamlet' is said to be based upon Dowland's description of Dalkey.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 March 1989. The reporter is Cathy Halloran.