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Mourne Mountains

(môrn), in Down, Newry, and Mourne dists., SE Northern Ireland. Slieve Donard (2,796 ft/852 m) is the highest peak in Northern Ireland. The district is barren and sparsely populated; there are ruins of sacked castles. Granite and sand and gravel are quarried. Belfast receives its main water supply from the mountains.
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Leslie Hanthorne captured 12 snaps of the Co Down range which feature in the 2016 Mourne Mountains Calendars publication.
Representing a range of travel and lifestyle publications with a combined readership of nearly four million, the journalists spent several days around the Mountains of Mourne and Strangford Lough area experiencing the spectacular beauty, as well as the various activities available.
Ulster Unionist representative John McCallister said he was shocked by the Mournes helicopter crash.
The source said: "It left Enniskillen and it was flying in heavy cloud when it got into the Mournes.
He describes the Mournes as "one of the most beautiful corners of Northern Ireland" while calling Fermanagh a "watery wonderland".
On Saturday the Mourne Way Marathon, one of Northern Ireland's bestknown trail races, had to be changed and lost around 1.
Mourne Mountain Adventure provides young people, from a range of backgrounds, with the opportunity to take part in a day of fun, adventure and challenge in the beautiful setting of the Mournes.
The source added: "It left Enniskillen and it was flying in heavy cloud when it got into the Mournes.
One man who uses the foothills through the Mournes complained that the bikers were driving hundreds of weekend ramblers out of the area.
Two other trust cottages can be rented on the shore of Dundrum Inner Bay, at the edge of Murlough Nature Reserve - 938 acres of sand dunes that extend to the foothills of the Mournes and support all sorts of animals and plants.
A NINE-MONTH-OLD collie who went missing in the Mourne Mountains has been reunited with her owners.
Coupled with a further 50km trails network in Rostrevor, mountain bike enthusiasts and other visitors are expected to generate a significant impact to the local economy in the wider Mournes area.