Walk with John Murray on the Cooley Mountains

Walking Club to the Slieve Foy Mountain on Sunday May 13th 2012.The RTE broadcaster who has got the nation walking all over Ireland is visiting the North East next.  Selected from over 30 entries, Slieve Foy mountain overlooking the medieval town of Carlingford will be the venue for his next programme.The broadcaster is very excited about visiting the area as the Cooley Mountains which is situated directly across from the majestic Mountains of Mourne is rapidly becoming a popular walker’s destination. 
The biggest gathering took place earlier this year in Clonakilty in Co Cork where 1500 people turned out to walk with the RTE radio show.   
‘We would really like to beat the highest gathering number and are asking everyone across the region to come out in support and make the event a memorable one.  It is a unique opportunity to showcase this destination nationally.We are also looking for people with unusual stories to come forward for selection for the programme’ said Frances Taylor, Carlingford and Mourne Region. 

One of the areas National Looped Walks- the Barnavave Loop has been chosen as the walking route.This particular trail highlights a substantial amount of the unique archaeology and mythology of the area. Folks will walk in the footsteps of the mighty warrior Cúchulainn as he defended Ulster against Queen Maebh’s army in the famous battle of the Brown Bull of Cooley.Finn Mc Cools outline along the side of the mountain overlooks heritage sites such as a Neolithic Court tomb, a Famine Village and will skirt the Special Area of Protection for Leprechauns awarded in 2010 by the European Union.  As a grade 3 walk, it is accessible to all ages and levels of walkers.There is entertainment promised midway and complimentary refreshments available for all participants at the end.
People are asked to gather at the Village Green from 11.00am in the morning and are advised to wear sensible footwear and take a bottle of water with them. The walkers are requested to observe the Leave No Trace guidelines.


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