Councils receive funding for new cross-border destination

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Saturday, April 7th, 2012
The Newry and Mourne Council and Louth County Council have worked together in securing funding for a geo-tourism project which aims to promote a new cross-border destination. The aim of the project is to develop the Cooley Mountains, Mourne Mountains and Slieve Gullion mountain as a destination for tourists and locals alike. The funding is said to be in the region of €1 million and was secured from the European Union funding organisation Interreg, which last month rejected an application on funding for the Narrowater Bridge project. A statement from the Louth County Council read: “This new geo-tourism destination will focus on promoting the international importance of the region’s natural, especially geological, heritage. Tourism infrastructure in Louth’s Cooley peninsula and Armagh’s Ring of Gullion will be improved to match the high standards recently created in Mourne.” The statement continued, “Promoting the uplands of the three counties together, on a cross-border basis, will have much more impact than promoting them separately and will, it is hoped, contribute to the development of an All-ireland tourism industry. Led by the East Border Region, the initiative is part of the continuing efforts of Louth Local Authorities and Newry and Mourne District Council to work together for their peoples’ mutual benefit, with the assistance and support of the Mourne Heritage Trust, government agencies and tourism interests.”
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