Northern Ireland Tourist Board visit the Ring of Gullion

Posted by
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
The Ring of Gullion played host to a delegation from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) last weekend. NITB were keen to visit the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in order for them to sell the area to potential tourists. Una Walsh guided the tour around South Armagh and there were representatives from each department of NITB and staff from the Belfast Welcome Centre and the NITB offices in Dublin. After seeing a living history presentation in Bagenals Castle the guests were given a pack with brochures highlighting all the tourist attractions in Newry and Mourne. McNamees Bakery, from Crossmaglen, gave each one of the delegates a famous family traditional wheaten loaf fresh from their bakery to take home too. Impressed by what they had seen so far, Craigmore Viaduct, Bessbrook Village, Camlough Lake, the group was eager to learn more about the area. At about 12pm the coach pulled up at Creggan Grave Yard. Una Walsh said, “If there is one place you must see in South Armagh it would be Creggan Graveyard, everyone from all walks of life is buried here.” The group made their way to the O’Neills vault where Art McCooey reputedly wrote Úr-Chill an Chreagáin. Pupils from St Patrick’s Primary School in Cullyhanna recited the poem for the group. Darren Rice, Ring of Gullion Officer, spoke to Newry Times and said, “To hear McCooey’s Poem brought back to life, over 200 hundred years after it was penned, was very moving. The Tourist Board were charmed by the performance.” Newry and Mourne Mayor, Charlie Casey said, “I am delighted to welcome NITB staff to Newry and Mourne and it’s a great opportunity to build upon the relationship we have developed with the Tourist Board over the years.” All the staff from NITB enjoyed the tour so much many of them plan to revisit the Ring of Gullion with their friends and Family. For more information on what’s on, including coach trips, attractions and places to eat and stay in the Ring of Gullion and South Armagh visit:, ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ Ring of Gullion on Facebook and Twitter or visit and
Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed


This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing

Log in