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Lúnasa Festival 2021 – Path Repair Volunteer Days on Slieve Gullion

Lúnasa Festival 2021 – Path Repair Volunteer Days on Slieve Gullion
The Ring of Gullion Team and Mourne Heritage Trust are offering the opportunity to get hands on experience of mountain path maintenance.

Come along to the Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival 2021 and immerse yourself in the rich landscape, culture and heritage of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This festival is part of the Mourne-Gullion-Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark of events and is funded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. To find a full list of events visit

Meeting Philip Savage from Mourne Heritage Trust at 10.00am each Thursday in August in the top car park on the Slieve Gullion Drive. The aim is to build a team of skilled volunteers who can work on the path on a regular basis.

Walking up to the top of Slieve Gullion, you will then work as a team to undertake regular light maintenance on the Ring of Gullion AONB’S most iconic mountain path. Learn new skills from the experts – work includes

• clearing drains of stones and excess vegetation to keep the water off the paths

• areas of stone-pitching

• removing pigeon holes (the first signs of a developing erosion problem)

• landscaping of the path to help it fit into the landscape.

This work is essential to help keep our path working as it should and to prevent it deteriorating to the point where it need more substantial repairs. You’ll gain real hands on experience of these methods by working on one of our current projects, leaving with a sense of pride of the stretch of path you’ve helped to look after.

You don’t have to be superman (or woman) to join in with one of these days, but you do need a good level of fitness as there can be quite a lot of walking involved and the work can be strenuous. Please bring a packed lunch and your own gloves. Waterproofs, layers and sunscreen are also needed as the weather can change very quickly on the top of the mountain.

Contact the Ring of Gullion Team on [email protected] with any questions.

Click here to book. Booking is essential.

Rapid COVID-19 tests – known as Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests

The use of LFD testing is important as an additional measure alongside the range of existing safety measures in place. It is important to remember that, even with a negative LFD test, continue to follow all other public health and safety measures in place.

It is strongly recommended that anyone participating in, or attending, any event should test themselves before they attend, and on days 2 and 8 after the event. The purpose of this testing is to identify any positive cases in advance of the event, and allow them to self-isolate. Post event testing will also help to identify any asymptomatic COVID-19 infections arising from the event, or social interactions that may occur before or after an organised event.

Rapid COVID-19 tests can be obtained by anyone who requires them, free of charge. Rapid test packs can be ordered online for free delivery to your home.

You can also order them for collection in a number of locations across NI:

Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests – NHS (

If anyone has symptoms of COVID-19, they should self-isolate and book a PCR test immediately. Please do not attend events unless you receive a negative PCR test.  PCR tests are available at testing sites across Northern Ireland and can be booked at:  

Event Details

Lúnasa Festival 2021 – Path Repair Volunteer Days on Slieve Gullion takes place on August 5, 2021 until August 27, 2021.
It starts at 10:00am and ends at 3:30pm.

Event Location

Top car park of the Forest Drive in Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Drumintee Road, Meigh, Newry.
Lottery Funded
NIEA DoE N&M DC Biodiversity

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