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Newry’s Sticky Fingers creates New Children’s Art and Story Park in Donegal

15 September 2021

Trí na Draíochta, (The Land of Magic) is a new children’s art and story trail at the Riverwalk in Dungloe, Co Donegal, that successfully combines professional art with imaginative child friendly concepts to create a truly originally and creative experience.

The story walk features a series of original and innovative artworks that were created to bewitch and enchant children as they enter the walkway from going through the giant story book, visiting the homes of the faries and trolls to crossing the magic bridge between worlds.

The story is centred around a Norwegian troll (with a Newry connection) who travelled to Ireland in search of a mystical island off the west of Ireland, which is only visible for one day every seven years. Unfortunately, on the day he arrived the weather was not the best and he got lost and ended up in Dungloe where he befriended the local fairies and made Dungloe his home. It is a highly imaginative creative experience for the young and young at heart and will no doubt add to the existing magical charm of Dungloe.

This innovative project was pioneered by the Dungloe Tidy Towns Committee who worked over the last few years to drive the project forward, with the aim of creating an original visitor attraction to support the local tourism industry.

The committee enlisted the support from Newry based Sticky Fingers Arts, the award-winning children’s arts program behind the Narnia Trail in Kilbroney Forest Park and the Giants Lair at Slieve Gullion in south Armagh and Ireland’s first indoor story centre, the Imaginarium at its Edward Street headquarters, to create a new concept and create something special for Dungloe. 

Sticky Fingers Arts are a children’s arts and creative play organisation who specialise in creating magical childhood experiences and yet again they have lived up to their reputation as the leading experts in this field.

“Trí na Draíochta represents a new dimension in cross border collaborations, this project captures the hearts and imaginations of everyone who encounters the troll, his friends and his quest to find a new home,” said Grainne Powell, Sticky Fingers CEO.

“No doubt this is just the beginning of what will grow over time, with many new chapters, new characters and new stories developing along the way as well as a new way of different sectors working together.  

“Over the past year, we have been inundated by Town and County councils across Ireland who recognise the need for creating quality experiences outdoors. More than ever parks, town centres and walking trails have become key development destinations as we try to create original ways of encouraging people to stay outdoors and still engage in high quality professional events and experiences for the whole family. Trí na Draíochta is an excellent example of using spaces in a creative and sustainable way.” 

“Trí na Draíochta is a testament that a local community and local people can make positive change. The whole process from start to finish from working with the funders, Donegal Council, and community organisations in Dungloe and Donegal was such a refreshing and positive experience. We are delighted that Trí na Draíochta is such as success.” 

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