As part of National Trails Day, Gap o the North Walking Club together with The Ring of Gullion Officer for Newry and Mourne District Council met in Jonesborough on Saturday past to trek into the past and discover the untouched landscapes of South Armagh!
On the summit, Gap o the north Walking Club chairman Seamus Murphy explained how geography and landscape determined the history of the area. 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. Seamus pointed out the grave of CuHualinn’s hounds in the distance on the Cooleys.
During lunch on the summit Ring of Gullion Arts Partnership performed a teaser of what was to come when the group made their way back to the Gap O the North pub in Jonesborough. This group of talented young musicians was not to be missed and what better way to spend an hour or two after a days walking than relaxing in the company of new friends listening to an award winning traditional band with a mug of tea or a pint of stout.
Darren Rice Ring of Gullion said, “The enthusiasm and professionalism of the Gap o the North walking group was exceptional. Over 140 people turned up for the walk and they made sure everyone enjoyed it.”
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