Newbridge man behind new guide

Tourist guide duo Declan Murphy, from Waterford and Michael Gannon from Newbridge
NEwbridge man Michael Gannon is one of 16 designers behind a unique Dublin tour guide designed by people with Down syndrome for people with Down syndrome.

NEwbridge man Michael Gannon is one of 16 designers behind a unique Dublin tour guide designed by people with Down syndrome for people with Down syndrome.

Adding another string to his bow, Michael who is also a published author, an active member of Newbridge Muscial Society and a student of Media Studies at NUI Maynooth, has helped design the colourful guide to navigate the streets of Dublin.

“I was very happy with the outcome,” said Michael, who is a member of the adult advisory council for Down syndrome Ireland.

“We did a lot of work on it and I was delighted to have been chosen for the project. My favourite spot in Dublin is the Viking Splash. I recommended that and the Aviva Stadium and Croke Park.”

Michael went to Portugal in January to test the guide to Lisbon as part of the project.

“The guide is for everyone who wants to go around Dublin and see all the different sights,” he added.

The guide is aimed at promoting greater independence and quality of life and it has been described as an easy-to-read, 88-page fun guidebook is both a visual and written guide to the city.