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Historic trail launched

Brian Hutton

TOURISM chiefs are expecting a fifth more visitors to flock to Ireland's eastern counties with the launch of a historic trail through some of the country's oldest landmarks.

The Ireland's Ancient East initiative has been drawn up to rival the west coast's Wild Atlantic Way, which has been hailed a huge success since it was officially launched last year. The tour will span several counties stretching from Newgrange and the Boyne Valley in the north east, through the midlands, to Kilkenny's Medieval Mile, Waterford's Viking Quarter and on to Cork. Along the journey, tourists will travel through attractions from four distinct periods charting over 5,000 years of Irish history.

Tourism minister Paschal Donohoe said the trail would match the Wild Atlantic Way. "With the great amount of history and heritage in such a relatively compact area, Ireland's Ancient East will allow us to seriously build on the assets we have in the east and south - and the significant investment which has been made in tourism attractions in the region over the last few years," he said.

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