Oulart trails will extend to Boolavogue

By Dan Walsh

Oulart Hill Development Association has brought many local projects to fruition over the years and now that the pandemic has gone it has plans to increase its tourism potential and attract greater numbers to the district.

The walking trails have proved popular, especially during the lockdown and travel restrictions, and the Association has plans to bring back the vibrant community that has been hindered for the past two years.

The original walking trail starts in Oulart village and leads to Oulart Hill, a second walking trail starts in Blackwater and links with the Unyoke on the Gorey-Wexford road and leads to the 1798 battle site and there are plans locally to extend the trail to Boolavogue.

There are upwards of 40 memorials on Oulart Hill, but the jewel in the crown and a memorial of international significance is Tulach na tSolais (“the mound of light”) which was constructed in the 1990s.

Brian Ó Cléirigh and Breda Jacob at the famus Tulach a’ tSolais memorial on Oulart Hill.

Oulart Hill Development Association have launched a GoFundMe project and two of the members, Breda Jacob and historian Brian Ó Cléirigh, will be taking listeners on an audio tour of Oulart Hill and district on MidWeek Voices on South East Radio on Wednesday (8pm, 95.6 or 96.4FM).

“We need to carry out maintenance and expand the trails. There are also repairs to be done,” stated Breda Jacob, while Brian Ó Cléirigh concluded; “There is a lot of grass to be cut. We need a lawnmower – a big one!”

AUDIO ADDITION; Breda Jacob tells Dan Walsh about the magnificent plans for Oulart Hill Development Association.

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