The Ring of Gullion monthly update of events, training, news and opportunities for schools.

The school holidays have officially started, make sure a trip to the Ring of Gullion is included in your summer plans.  The latest edition of the Ring of Gullion Newsletter is now available to download.  This includes a handy pull out calendar, packed with details of the Lúnasa festival, so put it on your notice board or pop it on the fridge, to remind you of all the great events you don’t want to miss!


Events and Training

Volunteer Opportunity – Tending the tree nursery

Saturday 2nd July, 11am – 3pm
Tí Chulainn

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the tending of the tree nursery; now sited in the Tí Chulainn allotment in Mullaghbane.  The allotment hasn’t been used to its full potential recently and a number of the raised beds have become choked with weeds.  We need assistance with clearing the beds and preparing them for the larger tree saplings which have already outgrown their pots.

Beginners Basket Weaving Course

Saturday 9th July until Saturday 13th August, 10am – 12.30pm
Crossmaglen Community Centre

Ever fancied trying your hand at willow weaving?  Now’s your chance. Crossmaglen Community Centre is running a 6 week course in Beginners Basket Weaving.

Derrymore House open for visitors 2016

Tuesday 12th July – Monday 29th August, 2pm – 5.30pm.
Derrymore House

Visit Derrymore House, one Northern Ireland’s hidden gems tucked away in Bessbrook, Co. Armagh. The grounds are open dawn to dusk but The Treaty Room is open 12th, 13th July and 29th August, 2pm to 5:30pm.

How to become a Hollywood producer – summer scheme

18th – 29 July and 1st – 12th August, 9.30am – 4pm
Crossmaglen Community Centre and Ti Chulainn Centre Mullaghbane

This summer young people from South Armagh will take their first steps onto the red carpet as part in an innovative new summer scheme “How to become a Hollywood Producer” taking place in Crossmaglen and Mullaghbane in July and August.
Volunteer Opportunity – Site maintenance, Jonesborough Forest

Saturday 23rd July, 11am – 3pm
Jonesborough Forest

You are warmly invited to help the conservation volunteers continue their work of restoring Jonesborough Forest, located behind the Pastoral Centre.

Xhale Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – 6 week course  

Monday 25th July until Monday 29th August, 7pm – 8pm
Slieve Gullion Courtyard

Join local mindfulness and meditation facilitator Ann Ward, who will introduce you to the many physiological, psychological and spiritual benefits of meditation.

Fáinne Cnoc Shliabh gCuillinn: Turas Treoraithe i nGaeilge- Historical

Coach Tour in the Ring of Gullion in Irish.

Beidh turas treoraithe a réachtáil Dé Sathairn 30 Iúil 2016 thart ar na hiontais is áille agus na séadchomharthaí is ársa taobh istigh de limistéar Fáinne Cnoc Shliaibh gCuillinn.

Historical Coach Tours in the Ring of Gullion 2016

Saturday 30th July – Saturday 24th September, 10am
Bagenal’s Castle, Castle Street, Newry

Una Walsh, our local guide will lead you on your journey through the breathtaking landscape of the area whilst enlightening you about the rich natural, built, archaeological and cultural heritage, not forgetting the many myths and legends in which the area is steeped.

Lúnasa Festival 2016

Sunday 31st July – Wednesday 31st August

The Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival – the place to be this August.  Join us this August in beautiful charismatic South Armagh.  There will be at least one event every single day. These will range from small drop-in craft workshops to our major weekend-long celebration of the fabulous: “Footsteps in the Forest”.

Lúnasa Festival – Flagstaff Fiesta

Sunday 31st July, 3pm – 5.30pm

This event will launch the Lúnasa Festival.  For the first time in 46 years, the centuries-old tradition of hoisting the flag overlooking Carlingford Lough will take place. There will be fun and entertainment for all the family.

Lúnasa Festival – Domhnach ab Fhraocháin/ Blayberry Sunday

Sunday 31st July 7pm
The Rock Bar Granemore Rd, Tassagh

Join us on the revived annual Blaeberry Sunday pilgrimage from ‘The Rock’ at Granemore to the gathering on the summit of Carrigatuke.


Latest News

Volunteering Small Grants programme is now open for applications

The Volunteering Small Grants Programme provides grants of between £200 and £1,200 to help organisations throughout Northern Ireland recruit and support volunteers.   To be eligible, organisations must be formally constituted and must have an annual income not exceeding £100,000 per year.

Slieve Gullion Forest Park Scoops Top Award

The NI4kids Family Awards were held on 27th June in Belfast City Hall.   Slieve Gullion Forest Park where announced the winners of the Family Visitor Attraction of the Year award, sponsored by FCA Northern Ireland.  Chairperson Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick said “What a fabulous achievement, we are lucky to have so many great attractions in Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and it’s great when they are recognised.

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