Blog Posts - Mournes

Avalanche warning for Mournes

The police have issued an avalanche warning to hill-walkers on the Mourne Mountains. The police are urging hill-walkers and snow-sport enthusiasts to be mindful of severe conditions on the slopes. As the big thaw sets in after the big snow of recent...
by newcastle rocks on Apr 2, 2013

First annual Sea 2 Sky race from Newcastle

by newcastle rocks on Jul 20, 2012

They’re off! Hill and Dale series under way

The annual Hill and Dale series of mountain and cross-country races got off to a flying start on Thursday night in Castlewellan. The series of twelve races, organised by Newcastle Athletics Club in and around the Mournes, will continue every Thursda...
by newcastle rocks on Apr 15, 2012

Newcastle from the air: spot your house

Can you spot your house? This great picture (click to enlarge) was taken by davynessie (but cropped by me) and is reproduced courtesy of him via flickr. He got the shot from Slieve Donard on the day of the Red Arrows’ appearance at the Festival...
by newcastle rocks on Aug 16, 2011

GASPing for some action?

If you love a bit of outdoor action, then get yourself along to the GASP – Gravity Action Sports Park – near the Tollymore Mountain Centre, for a bit of sweaty, summer fun. Whether its mountain-boarding, mountain-biking, frisbee throwing,...
by newcastle rocks on Jun 28, 2011

Royal County Down golf course from the sky

Loving this aerial shot by Chris Hill of Royal County Down golf course, with Newcastle and the Mournes in the background. It is from the National Geographic online image collection.
by newcastle rocks on Mar 12, 2011

Caution: helicopter lifting at Slieve Binnian

Public notice from Mourne Heritage Trust: From Monday 28th February 2011 to Friday 11th March 2011 there will be helicopter lifting in progress for Slieve Binnian Path Repair. Please avoid this area if possible. We apologise for any inconvenience. F...
by newcastle rocks on Feb 25, 2011

Newcastle in the snow, from helicopter

The local news websites are carrying some great pictures of Northern Ireland snow scenes. Here’s a fine shot from BBC News online, taken from a helicopter by Aaron Coulter. Click for a larger version. Can you spot your house?
by newcastle rocks on Dec 20, 2010

Meditation on the Mournes

I was inspired by this lovely, Meditation on a Country Graveyard by Malachi O’Doherty, to post this lovely, meditational piece I came across recently from the Mournes. It was produced by Ab Intus films. The accompanying music is Pachelbel̵...
by newcastle rocks on Dec 14, 2010

Newcastle in the 1930s

Here’s a couple of images from 1930s Newcastle. The first, a picture postcard of the promenade and the Mournes … … the second an advertisement for the Slieve Donard Hotel which appeared in the 1935 edition of Ulster, the official pu...
by newcastle rocks on Aug 15, 2010

Red Arrows over Newcastle

It was Newcastle’s biggest day of the year, or possibly for many years. The sun shone, the crowds came from far and wide and the Red Arrows flew a hugely impressive air display over the town. At one point the jets even took flew in formation to...
by newcastle rocks on Aug 9, 2010

Anthony Loughran art exhibition in Newcastle

There’s a small but beautifully formed new exhibition at Newcastle Library. It’s by Anthony Loughran, past President of the Ulster Watercolour Society, but a man who is also clearly at home with oils, acrylics and the rest. Loughran is...
by newcastle rocks on Jul 4, 2010

Records broken in Slieve Donard Race 2010

Guest post by Bogman Stephen Cunningham carried on from where he left off in the Hill and Dale Series, when he became the 32nd winner of the Slieve Donard Mountain Race. Having previously lost out when he was caught in the last 400 metres of the race...
by newcastle rocks on Jun 29, 2010

Mourne International Walking Festival comes to Newcastle

This year, Newcastle will be hosting the Mourne International Walking Festival, which takes place over the weekend of the 25-27 June 2010 and will be based in the Mourne Golf Club on Golf Links Road. There are twelve different walks planned over the...
by newcastle rocks on Jun 17, 2010

Send an e-postcard from the Mournes

The NI Tourist Board has a cool e-postcard feature on its Discover Northern Ireland site, which enables you to keep in touch with your friends and family and promote some of our great holiday destinations.  Among the views on offer are these won...
by newcastle rocks on Jun 14, 2010

Mourne Way Marathon: if you think you’re hard enough

Some hardy souls will be tackling the Mourne Way Marathon 2010 this Saturday. Could you do it?
by newcastle rocks on Jun 8, 2010

On an Autumn's Afternoon....

The sun managed to break through the heavy grey clouds, the rain gave us a day off and we were greeted by the most glorious day last Sunday! What better way to spend a sunny November afternoon than go for a walk in the Mournes (our wee, but stunning,...
by Starfishes on Nov 12, 2009

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