Launch of walking trails at Silent Valley


Northern Ireland Water held a very successful launch of the new walking trails at Silent Valley Mountain Park, which were developed under the Mourne Mountains Landscape Partnership with funding from the Southern Organisation for Action in Rural Areas (SOAR) and Northern Ireland Tourist Board. The event was attended by Minster for Regional Development, Mr Danny Kennedy, who described the Silent valley as a ‘hidden treasure’. Mr Duncan McCausland, Director of NI Tourist Board highlighted ‘the immense history in this area in terms of its historical, cultural and industrial heritage’.  Martin Carey, CEO of Mourne Heritage Trust, explained to guests that the way marked trails and trail heads were designed to provide a natural flow to lead visitors around the park and to encourage them to explore. In particular, he said, the trails aim to give a wilderness and nature experience to those who are unable or uninclined to venture into the high Mournes. He looked forward to further developments at the Valley, which we will keep you up to date with via this website and our social media.

L-R: David Small, DARD; Martin Carey, Mourne Heritage Trust; Sean Hogan, Chairman NI Water; Tom McCall, CEO Newry & Mourne District Council; Minister Danny Kennedy, Michael Ruane, Mayor Newry & Mourne District Council; Sarah Venning, NI Water; Duncan McCausland, NITB & Sean Rodgers MLA. 

L-R: Sandra Adair, NITB; Brendan O'Hare, NI Water; Sean Hogan, Chairman NI Water; Minister Danny Kennedy; Tony Morgan, SOAR; Camilla Fitzpatrick, Mourne Heritage Trust & Celine Rodgers, NI Water