The Derrynaflan Trail will be launched by Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan on Friday, April 25th in the Horse & Jockey hotel, at 10am. All are welcome to attend.
The project is spearheaded by three local community organisations: Holycross Community Network, Slieveardagh Rural Development and Littleton Development Association. Thanks to the support of South Tipperary Development Company under the Rural Development Programme, the groups have completed the first phase in the development of the trail. A 36-page booklet and a 1-hour audio guide have been produced, along with a brochure, to highlight the rich ecclesiastical heritage of this part of Tipperary. The three community groups are continuing to develop guided tours of the sites; Holycross Community Network already provides tours of the Abbey and it is planned to put regular tours of other sites into place. Interpretive signage at each site is a longer-term objective. The aim is to provide a much-needed economic boost to rural Tipperary by increasing visitor numbers. The Derrynaflan Trail connects ancient ecclesiastical sites from the Slieveardagh Hills, across Littleton Bog to the banks of the River Suir. Holycross Abbey, Kilcooley Abbey, Liathmore churches and, of course, Derrynaflan, are amongst the places of significance along the route. The trail spans 15 centuries of Irish history since early Christian times. Along the way travellers will encounter stories of saintly miracles, a Viking battle, Cromwellian invaders, rebel priests and much more.