Camlough Community Association to host Christmas mountain climb

Declan McAteer Posted by
Saturday, December 17th, 2011
Community, What's On

Camlough Community Association has extended a warm invitation to anyone wishing to participate in the third annual Christmas morning mountain climb, which once again will leave Doyle’s Corner in the village at 10am. The trek up Sliabh gCuircín, which at a height of 423 metres is the second highest point in County Armagh, should take no longer than one hour and a half from start to finish.

“Our walk on Christmas morning is about encouraging all to enjoy “the Precious Present”, the day that is in it. This is our third Christmas Day climb and each year so far, people from different backgrounds and areas have joined us for the event. Camlough Community Association extends an invite to anyone who wishes to join us on Christmas morning to come along and do so,” said Community Association representative Liz Madden

Mayor of Newry and Mourne Charlie Casey pictured with some of those involved in organising the annual Camloch Mountain Christmas Morning Climb, Des Murphy, Conor Murphy, Terence Banjo Bannon, a not so impressed young Cillian Murphy (who actually thought Santa would be there), Declan Murphy & Pat Mc Ginn.

Camlough resident and MLA for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy, who attended the launch of the “Precious Present” Christmas Morning Climb, said that the day was a very poignant time for many. “Many of our families from this locality will be thinking of loved ones who have gone abroad to other lands. Today in particular they and all our absent friends will be missed and no doubt as we climb the mountain they will be talked about” said the MP. His colleague Newry and Mourne Councillor Pat Mc Ginn reflecting on that theme whilst attending the event launch commented, “The Christmas period is an especially difficult time for the undocumented Irish in America. Many people from this area have family members living and working in America who they have not see because of the restrictions on travel enforced by their undocumented status. It is imperative that the issue of the undocumented Irish in America and all the hardships that go with such status are resolved in a humane manner.”

Nicholas Smith, Banjo Bannon and Des Murphy, who are members of the organising team, have been delegated to provide “hot liquid refreshments” and mince pies to be given out on top of Camloch Mountain on Christmas morning and they look forward to serving on the second most northerly summit in the Cooley/Gullion area.

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