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Blackwater Events Programme Launched

11 June 2015

The latest programme of events to showcase the Blackwater region has been launched.

From guided walks through the Sliabh Beagh hills to a challenge to ‘Conquer the Cairn’ at Knockmay near Augher, the new programme aims to showcase the best that the Blackwater region has to offer.

The area, which includes the River Blackwater, the Ulster Canal and Sliabh Beagh, crosses county borders and is promoted by the Blackwater Regional Partnership, which includes Mid Ulster District Council and Monaghan County Council.

Launching the event series, Councillor Padraig McNally, Mayor of Monaghan, said:

“Monaghan is part of a region which has a beautiful landscape and rich heritage and this new programme brings together all the events into one package to help visitors and locals alike see the complete range of activities and attractions on offer”.

Councillor David Maxwell, Chairperson of the Blackwater Regional Partnership explained:

“Over the last few years, the Blackwater Regional Partnership has helped establish a number of events that not only attract visitors to the region, but also encourage local people to get out and enjoy forests, rivers and hills here in the Blackwater region.

“I’m pleased that the Partnership is continuing to work so effectively and add value to the region”.

Welcoming the new programme, Councillor Frances Burton, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council’s Development Committee, said:

“The event series really does show off the best of Blackwater and I would encourage people, especially those living in the area, to come out and enjoy the opportunities these events provide to explore the beauty and enjoy the activities right here on their own doorstep”.

The next event in the series is the Sliabh Beagh Ramble on Sunday 21 June 2015 when Paddy Sherry, an experienced local guide, will lead a guided walk through the Sliabh Beagh hills. The walk will take 3 to 4 hours to complete and will require a moderate level of fitness. 

Later in the year the ‘Conquer the Cairn’ event takes place, together with an opportunity to ‘Bike the Blackwater’ and ‘Paddle the Blackwater’.

For further information about the Blackwater Region, visit www.blackwaterregion.com

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