22nd June 2017

The Ring of Gullion benefits from hosting National Outdoor Recreation Conference

In partnership with Newry Mourne and Down District Council, the Ring of Gullion Partnership, Tourism NI, and Northern Ireland Environment Agency; Sport NI are holding a two day conference in the Ring of Gullion on 22-23rd June on the Development and Management of Recreation in Protected Landscapes. The conference will be held at the Tí Chulainn Cultural Activity Centre, located in the heart of the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This conference will benefit local outdoor businesses, community groups and tourism businesses in the area by showcasing what the area has to offer, show how it has developed over the last few years and learn for other outdoor organisations from across Ireland, Northern Ireland and further afield. There will be talks over the two days will cover how to develop our rivers to increase usage, re-engaging communities with the land and upland path development. There will be exciting site visits where attendees will be able to walk around the sites and discuss development so far and learn of new plans. And if they are feeling brave, even get into the water!

Councillor Roisin Mulgrew , Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council explains, “We have very lucky in the Ring of Gullion, the level of enthusiasm in regards Outdoor Recreation is so high and this sector is growing every month with new businesses being developed. We want to highlight some of these projects and organisations through the site visits. We also hope that local organsiations and businesses will use the conference dinner on Thursday night to network with the other attendees and make contacts across the country and further afield.”

This conference will appeal to a range of groups and individuals including policy makers from national and local government for both sport and activity tourism, elected members from within local, regional and national government, activity tourism providers and community based community associations.”

The conference offers great value for money with the cost of the 2 days coming to £25 covering the cost of the site visits, lunch and dinner. The Council is excited to be sponsoring this conference with our partners Tourism NI, Environment Agency and Sport NI.

The conference will be held at the Tí Chulainn Cultural Activity Centre, located in the heart of the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This stunning location is only 20 minutes drive from Dundalk or Newry on the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.


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