Heritage Week walk links three historic parks and waterways

By Aideen O'Flaherty 

A 10km walk, that links three parks and passes three historic waterway features, took place in Tallaght last week, to mark Heritage Week 2019.

The walk, organised by Tallaght Community Council (TCC), took in historic waterway features, including a 200-year-old bridge and the Whitestown stream, the Balrothery Weir and the City Watercourse, and the Old Bawn Bridge and waterfall.

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Some of the participants on the Heritage Week walk

The third annual looped walk was guided by TCC Vice Chair, John Kiberd, and Tallaght Person of the Year, Gar Tyrrell, and had participants from all over the county – including walkers from Glasnevin and Walkinstown.

In the Sean Walsh Park portion of the walk, the founder of The Herpetological Society, Collie Ennis, gave the group a talk about species that are thriving in the established wetlands in the west end of the park.

 Wildlife photographer Michael Finn, who was also there, pointed out some interesting bird life.

The walkers were also treated to a unique mix of urban parkland, wetlands and a forest riverside section during the course of the walk.

Green Party councillor for Tallaght Central, Liam Sinclair, also participated and took away some ideas for suggested maintenance and development on the looped walking route.

A TCC spokesperson said: “TCC was delighted to see more new visitors come to Tallaght to experience the unique looped walk, and they all left [as] new ambassadors of the unseen natural beauty of Tallaght.”

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