Leprechaun town, fairy village, prehistoric and Christian trails among the Heritage & Play Trail proposals in Carndonagh, Donegal
The People of Carndonagh are a community group that has come together to propose improvements for Barrack Hill Municipal Park in the town.
Inspired by Inishowen’s rich cultural heritage, the Barrack Hill Municipal Park plan incorporates an element of play in exploring and discovering local archeology. The plan gives people the opportunity to learn more about Inishowen’s rich history through the game.
The community group said that with Carndonagh’s place in Inishowen’s past and its geographical position in the center of the peninsula, it is an ideal location for a heritage center where visitors can learn more about the heritage of ‘Inishowen during their stay in the city.
The plans also address park use issues highlighted by park users themselves, such as accessibility, quality of play equipment, and underutilized areas of the park. Activity throughout the park, which includes a bike path and public art sculptures, could be encouraged with the proposed trails, the group says.
Proposals include new playground equipment and a play track that will feature a fairy village and a town of leprechauns. In consultation with Donegal County Council, the plan is part of an ongoing feasibility study funded by LEADER.
The Fairy Village would delve into the rich imagination of Irish folklore to help spark children’s imaginations and encourage interactive play.
This would be located next to the town of Leprechaun which will also include an interactive play area drawing inspiration from Ireland’s rich folk tradition.
The rich prehistoric and Christian heritage of Inishowen is at the center of the proposals with two trails. The prehistoric trail highlights sites such as the corner tomb of the temple of Deen at Bocan, built between 2500-2000 BC, the tomb of the Morton God dolmen of Iskaheen near Muff (3000 BC); Standing Stones Inishowen, including Ardmore Stone in Muff; rock art on the Isle of Doagh and Straths; Bocan stone circle; and the Ogham stones of Ireland.
The Christianity Trail focuses on early Christian Ireland and its evidence in Inishowen, including the Cooley Cross (5th-6th century AD); and the East and West crosses of Carrowmore: the Fahan cross of St Mura; Carondonagh Cross; The cross of St Baudan was built during the first hundred years of the introduction of Christianity.
Peter Doherty of the group said: â€œWe hope that this development will increase the interest in our cultural heritage and immerse our young people in it through play. The intention is to have an attractive playground for the children of the region. It also aims to address the lack of nature walks available in Carndonagh by connecting Pound Street with Ballyloskey, a route we intend to serve as a cycle path as well. Additionally, we seek to create a unique visitor experience that will encourage tourism to the region.
â€œIt is important to stress that the project is only at the stage of the feasibility study and that it is therefore only a proposal. Any issues you may have with the proposal will be strongly taken into account as we want this to be a project owned by the people of Carndonagh. “
The plans for the Patrimonial and ludic path are available as part of a public consultation. In addition to distributing the plans to stakeholders, they will be available for viewing at the Visit Carndonagh offices, open Monday through Wednesday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. The people of Carndonagh are actively encouraging comments and “would love to hear your thoughts on the plan.”