Homeless people to become tourist guides for Irish town

Visitors to the Irish town of Drogheda are going to have novel tourist guides showing them historical points of interests.

Drogheda's Martello Tower, one of the ancient town's tourist attraction

Drogheda's Martello Tower, one of the ancient town's tourist attractions Image by sh Typepad / CC BY 2.0

From the upcoming May bank holiday weekend, ten homeless people will be employed in a project entitled - ‘My Streets Drogheda’ – to share their intimate knowledge of the town with tourists.

The group has been in regular training over the past eight months, the Irish Independent reports, taking instruction in how to communicate the best aspects of the town as part of a one-hour walking tour.

One of the people, Alan Maguire (34) says he wants to relate not just facts about the well-known historical sites of interest in the place but also little stories he has picked up along the way.

The idea to give the homeless a chance to present a different perspective to tourists came from Alan Costello of Drogheda Civic Trust. He was following on similar projects that have proven successful in a number of European cities including London, Barcelona and Berlin.

The project coordinator, Austin Campbell said part of the scheme was to change peoples' perspective on homeless people.

The Drogheda Independent reports that the ‘My Streets Drogheda’ tour will cost €5 and will cater for no more than eight people at a time. The plan is for the guide to get half the money generated with the remainder covering costs.

Visitors to Drogheda this weekend will certainly gain a unique insight into the historic town less than 50 kilometres north of Dublin.

For further information see - www.mystreetsdrogheda.com

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