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Tuesday 24 October 2017

'Green Mile' history trail is planned for Rising anniversary

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GPO

a "Green Mile" similar to the Boston Freedom Trail is planned for Dublin as part of the 1916 commemorations.

The plan is to have a green line linking sites in the city that are associated with the Easter Rising.

While the finer details are being ironed out, a company has come forward to sponsor the trail.

Behind the plan are Fianna Fail senator for Kerry Mark Daly and Lord Mayor Christy Burke.

Sites on the Green Mile would include Liberty Hall, Wynn's Hotel and the GPO.

"All that's left to do is have the powers-that-be approve it," said Mr Burke.

"It should be a runner and no obstacles should be put in the way."

Mr Daly said the plan has been in the works for several months.

"I am a member of the All-Party Oireachtas Group for Commemorations and I brought the idea there and it was welcomed," he told the Herald.

Three meetings have been held at the Mansion House which were attended by Mr Burke, Mr Daly and Dublin City Council (DCC) assistant CEO Brendan Kenny.

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The proposal will see the green-painted line begin at the GPO and go along Henry Street, Moore Street, up to the Rotunda and then head southwards past Trinity College before ending at the Mansion House, where the first Dail sat.

One problematic area is protected structures along its path, though Mr Burke said this had been brought to the conservation section in DCC.

A meeting will also be held with the Provost of Trinity College, Patrick Prendergast, to solve any possible issues around getting it past the university.

Mr Daly said the Green Mile would be similar to the popular Boston Freedom Trail, and if it does not get the go-ahead for conservation reasons, other ways will be found to establish the path.

"The number one proposal is the green line, but we're looking at various other proposals as to how it would work, like with plaques and a smartphone app," he said.

James Connolly Heron of the 1916 Relatives Centenary Initiative said he welcomed the plan in principle.

"It sounds like something that should have support if it takes in the evacuation route and preserves the path of history," he said.

"Freedom Trail" would be a more appropriate name for it.

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