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Establishment of new National Park

Ministers O’Brien & Noonan confirm agreement to purchase Dowth Hall demesne, Co Meath and establishment of a new National Park Noting it as a once-in-a-generation opportunity, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O Brien, TD, today confirmed the State’s purchase of the World Heritage lands of Dowth Hall and demesne, including Netterville, in

Summer Lectures with Wicklow Mountains National Park

July Thurs 6th: St. Kevin’s Way: from Origins to Present Day with Eleanor Sutherland Learn about this ancient pilgrim path. Explore the story of its history, ecology of habitats found along it, and its rediscovery and restoration. Thurs 13th: Amphibians of Wicklow, Old and New with Collie Ennis Wicklow’s wonderful amphibians are waiting to be

Wildflower I.D. and Folklore Walk

Sunday 11th June 2023 at 11am Join a National Park Guide for a gentle walk where you will learn how to identify some June wildflowers and some of their folklore. Duration: 1.5 hours Where: Meeting at the National Park Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough, A98 R221, located 200m to the south of the Upper Lake

Spinc Shortcut (Blue Trail) – Route Closure

The Blue trail is currently closed until 1st March, to allow for Coillte forestry operations. Please follow all signage and heed all Health and Safety notices. Please note, that the Spinc boardwalk (white and red trails) are not affected, and shall remain open.

Dogs In the National Park

All dogs must be on a lead at all times within the National Park. We ask you not to bring your dog to the National Park at busy times (10 am to 5 pm). There has been an increase in negative incidents involving dogs on our sites.  We have had reports of and witnessed an

Coniferous Tree Identification Walk

Join a National Parks & Wildlife Service guide and discover how to identify some of the coniferous trees growing in the Upper Lake area of Glendalough. There will be an option at the end to see what is currently said to be Ireland’s tallest tree. When: Sunday 12th February 2023 at 11am. Duration: Approx. 90

Glen of the Downs Partial Site Closure

During October 24th – December 31st there will be partial closure of woodland areas Please do not enter closed areas during works Closed areas will be identifiable by signs and red and white tape The closures are to facilitate works of two conservation projects that will be running concurrently. The first project is the removal of

Rut Watch

Sunday 16 October 2022 (between 11am and 4pm) Wicklow is home to a large population of wild deer. They are particularly impressive in autumn when they ‘rut’. National Park staff shall have telescopes set up on the Spinc walking trail between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Anyone walking on this route is welcome to stop

Avian Flu Hotline

Avian Influenza Hotline at 01 607 2512 (or 01 492 8026 outside of normal office hours). Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza HPAI (H5N1) is currently circulating in wild birds, especially in breeding seabirds around Ireland. Over the last two weeks in particular, following intensive surveillance by NPWS, and reports from others, large numbers of dead Gannets

New FREE Car Park for Laragh – Glendalough

Wicklow Co. Co. had opened a new free car park in Laragh. This is a secure facility with staff on duty, and shall be open daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. It is located beside the Woollen Mills and GAA grounds in Laragh and is well sign-posted. The car park is perfect for hill