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A new amenity facility has been opened at Slieve Gullion Forest Park providing a much needed tourist office and male, female, disabled, and baby changing facilities.The tourist office will provide a range of information on what the visitor can do when visiting Ring of Gullion and the wider Newry, Mourne and Down area.

People right across Ireland are travelling to Slieve Gullion and the Ring of Gullion in ever increasing numbers, just to ramble, climb the historic mountain, immerse themselves in the geology of the region or just to check out the many myths and legends of the area.

Almost £2 million has been invested in facilities in the past five years contributing in part to the award of a four star rating for visitor attraction from Tourism Northern Ireland.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin with Councillors and staff from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Slieve Gullion Forest Park at the official opening of the new Amenity Building.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin with Councillors and staff from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Slieve Gullion Forest Park at the official opening of the new Amenity Building. Photograph: NewRayPics.com

If that wasn’t enough acknowledgment, both Slieve Gullion and Kilbroney Forest Parks have also been awarded the prestigious Green Flag to recognise that they are welcoming, safe and well maintained parks and green spaces which pay particular attention to the biodiversity, landscape and heritage of the area.

Speaking at the opening of the new Amenity Building at Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said, “The Council is pleased to be opening these new visitor facilities at Slieve Gullion. Slieve Gullion is one of our foremost tourist attractions which is drawing visitors nationally and internationally.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin celebrates the awarding of a Green Flag to Kilbroney Forest Park with ground keepers Aidan McParland and Brendan Fearon, and Kilbroney Park Rangers Mark Quinn, Deidre Killen and Kieran McAufield.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin celebrates the awarding of a Green Flag to Kilbroney Forest Park with ground keepers Aidan McParland and Brendan Fearon, and Kilbroney Park Rangers Mark Quinn, Deidre Killen and Kieran McAufield. Photograph: NewRayPics.com

“As we strive to become the premier outdoor destination in Northern Ireland, it is important we invest in facilities which have the potential to help achieve this aim. We have taken advice from both Tourism NI and our visitors to identify what is important to our visitors.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin celebrates the awarding of a Green Flag to Slieve Gullion Forest Park with Slieve Gullion Park Attendants Dermot Winters and Liam Townson, and Michelle Boyle, NMDDC Tourism Development Officer.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin celebrates the awarding of a Green Flag to Slieve Gullion Forest Park with Slieve Gullion Park Attendants Dermot Winters and Liam Townson, and Michelle Boyle, NMDDC Tourism Development Officer. Photograph: NewRayPics.com

The new Amenity Building will help to raise the visitor experience at Slieve Gullion, while retaining the Green Flag award again in 2018 is testament to the excellent work of staff who ensure that all guests enjoy a safe and welcoming visit.”

Councillor Murnin added that the council is doing everything possible to make Slieve Gullion one of Northern Ireland's five star visitor attractions.

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