Meet the Team
There are five paid staff working on the Ring of Gullion AONB and LPS. All five staff are employed by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The main funders are The National Lottery through its Heritage Lottery Fund, Northern Ireland Environment Agency through its Natural Environment Fund and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. There are a vast array of smaller funders that contribute to smaller projects and they are acknowledged throughout the website where appropriate.
Therese Hamill - Ring of Gullion Officer
Therese's role is funded by the Council and the NIEA to implement the Ring of Gullion AONB Management Plan. Her role aims to enhance the rich built, cultural and natural heritage in the area as well as increasing opportunities for public enjoyment of the special qualities of the AONB.
Telephone: +44 (0)28 3082 8590
Darren Rice - Ring of Gullion Manager
Darren is responsible for managing the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS) and implementing the Landscape Conservation Action Plan. When developing the LCAP the community consultation was a key driver, that partnership approach is still key and a driver for the management of the LPS.
Telephone: +44 (0)28 3082 8592
Mobile: +44 (0) 7713 089225
Edel McGeeney - ASCENT Project Officer and Bessbrook Model Village Project Officer
Edel's finds the myths and legends about the Ring of Gullion particularly interesting and is looking forward to learning a lot more about the history and biodiversity of the area. Edel works as project officer for the ASCENT project, which is funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014 - 2020. And, she is the Project Offcicer for the Bessbrook Model Village Project
Telephone: +44 (0)28 3082 8591
Abby McSherry - Landscape Projects Officer
Although not from here, the Ring of Gullion has worked its way deep into Abby's heart since moving to the area 8 years ago. Abby works closely with landowners and those that work the land to improve access and make sure that visitors and residents can both benefit from the wonderful resources our unique landscape offers.
Telephone: +44 (0)28 3082 8593
Mobile: +353 (0) 879598767
Alison Brady (née Henderson) - Volunteer and Outreach Officer
Alison is originally from the North Coast. Alison's passion for the area developed when she worked as the Education Officer on the Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism project. Her role is to organise training opportunities for local people. Alison also coordinates a valuable pool of volunteers who freely give up their time to help us conserve the diverse Ring of Gullion environment.
Telephone: +44 (0)28 3082 8594
Mobile: +44 (0)77 3062 1215
Margaret McKeague - Administration & Finance officer
Margaret is originally from Crossmaglen and is currently living in County Donegal. Having grown up in the area, her heart is in South Armagh and she has a keen interest in learning more about the exciting projects the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership is developing. Her role involves keeping track of the Ring of Gullion LPS and AONB finances and ensuring the office is running smoothly.
Telephone: +44 (0)28 3082 8592