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Saturday 21 October 2017

Liberties in call for more ambassadors

CITY authorities are looking for new tourism ambassadors to guide visitors around the historic south inner city Liberties District.

Tens of thousands of overseas tourists descend on the area every year to see some of the city's most famous sights and attractions.

These include the Guinness Storehouse, St Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church cathedrals and the Dublinia Viking exhibition.

As part of Dublin's Discovery Trail - and plans for the regeneration of the whole area - Volunteer Ireland is looking for enthusiastic and knowledgeable ambassadors to guide visitors and encourage them to go off the beaten track.

Announcing the hunt for volunteers, Dublin City Council official Stephen Coyne said: "The Thomas Street Ambassador programme is one of a number of exciting initiatives taking place in Dublin's historic Liberties this year that are intended to significantly improve the experience of visitors to the area."

The recruiting of volunteers follows the success of last summer's pilot scheme.

Last summer, a group of 37 Thomas Street Volunteer Ambassadors clocked up 487 hours of volunteering effort, during which they welcomed more than 3,500 visitors to the area, providing them with information and guiding them to local attractions.

Volunteer co-ordinator Claire Byrne outlined the type of volunteers the programme is looking for, saying: "We're looking for people who are passionate about The Liberties, who are interested in the history, culture and uniqueness of the area, who love telling stories and chatting to people.

"This is such a great opportunity for volunteers to greet visitors from all over the world and to showcase The Liberties area."

Incoming guides will work for two hours a week until the end of August.

Operating between Christ Church Cathedral and St James's Gate, volunteers will be expected to walk around The Liberties and be comfortable approaching visitors and lost-looking tourists. Applicants must be over 18 and have conversational English.

The ambassador programme will run every week from Wednesday to Saturday until August 30. Training and support will be provided by the Volunteer Ireland team.

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