Gap ‘o the North Discovery Walk

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Monday, October 1st, 2012
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Discover the untouched landscapes of South Armagh by exploring the ring **** hills of The Ring of Gullion; learn about the history and enjoy the craic. The three-hour loop walk will begin and end in the car park of the former Church of Ireland at the bottom of Jonesborough Hill, beside M1/A1 Junction 20 at Flurrybridge. From there it is a 50-minute walk to the summit of Feede Mountain with views of the Gap of the North, Slieve Gullion, the Cooley Mountains and Dundalk Bay. On the summit, Gap o the north Walking Club chairman Seamus Murphy will explain how geography and landscape determine history. The last Ice Age left a close chain of drumlins across the island of Ireland with just one break near the east coast – the Gap of the North. This was the scene of a great battle between Lord Mountjoy and Hugh O’Neill in 1600. The Gap is also linked to several episodes in the epic Cattle Raid of Cooley. The event is taking place as part of National Trails Day 2012; a cross-border celebration of local trails which is now in its fifth year and continuing to grow from strength to strength. National Trails Day in Northern Ireland is organised by Outdoor Recreation NI in partnership with financial partners, Inland Waterways of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Sport Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency with support from the Northern Ireland Forest Service and the National Trust. There is a full list of all the free events taking place on and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
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