Camlough hurlers enjoy Slieve Gullion Trek

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Thursday, August 20th, 2015
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Following in the footsteps of mythological Irish hero Cu Chulainn and legendary hunter and warrior Finn Mc Cumhail, 35 young local hurlers attending the Craobh Rua Camlocha Summer Activities Week, climbed Slieve Gullion; the mountain of magic, myth and romance. hurlers2The group, accompanied by mentors from the South Armagh based hurling club, listened to local tour guide Des Murphy as he give them an informed history of the mountain and many of the wonderful stories about it. Slieve Gullion (Sliabh gCuillinn) is the heart of the Ring of Gullion and is the highest point in the County of Armagh, with an elevation of 573 metres (1,880 ft). hurlers3At the summit is a small lake and two ancient burial cairns, one of which is the highest surviving passage grave in Ireland. The mountain plays a prominent role in the mythology and history of the area and dominates the countryside around it, offering views of as far away as Antrim, Dublin Bay and Wicklow. The entire group of young hurlers and mentors had an informative and enjoyable day and are indebted to Des Murphy for his Tour and the Mayor of Newry, Mourne & Down Naomi Bailie for the “Back to School” gifts.

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