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Councillor Mark Murnin Chairman of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is to walk 66 miles across the District in a 3-day event this May to raise funds for his 3 chosen charities.

The Chairman’s Walk is a new initiative by Councillor Murnin as his year in office nears closure.

The 3-day event will commence on 8th May in Slieve Gullion, taking the walking group to Newry and on to Warrenpoint;

Day 2 (9th May) the group will start in Rostrevor, travelling along the Mourne Way to Trassey;

Day 3 (10 May) they will commence in Newcastle and finish – after a total of 66 miles – in Delamont Park on the evening of the 10th May.

Chairman Murnin said: “I wanted to do something active, which would showcase the beauty of the region that I am proud to live in. The Mournes is a haven for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and our tourism potential is growing annually.

“I am delighted to be taking on this 3 Day Charity Walk challenge and to use this unique opportunity to raise money for 3 local charities namely: Northern Ireland Air Ambulance; Glebe House and Newry Gateway,” the Chairman added.

The route is divided into 3 days, but has been designed so that on each day there are opportunities where local schools, Councillors, supporters and walking groups from each area are invited to join the Chairman to walk 3 miles for a £3 donation to the charities.

Details of the supporter opportunities will be sent to all schools and walking groups across the district.

For more information and details of how to register for the #3mile supporter walks, visit follow @nmdcouncil on Facebook and Twitter.

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NOTES: Those wishing to take part can preregister by contacting Shelia Kieran, email / tel 028 3031 3141 or alternatively register on the day.

PRESS INFORMATION: Please contact Catherine McGinn, MAC PR, Mob 077 20294413 or


Air Ambulance Northern Ireland’s operational helicopter carries a crew comprising of pilot, doctor, and paramedic, 365 days of the year operating for twelve hours every day.  They attend some of the most traumatic medical incidents across the province and are dedicated to delivering the very best possible pre- hospital care, both at the scene and whilst transferring the patient to the most appropriate hospital for their specific injuries. What is not widely known is that AANI is a charity.  Each day costs in the region of £5,500 and £2m is needed each year to keep the air ambulance service operational.  They rely entirely on support from the public and local businesses.

Glebe House – Harmony Community Trust is a cross community organisation that promotes community relations and social inclusion. Its main base is a sixteen-acre wildlife area at Kilclief, close to the shores of Strangford Lough, from which it delivers community relations, social inclusion and respite programmes on a year round basis. They strive to enable all people to explore divisive barriers and to develop the self-confidence to build mutual respect, tolerance and trust through positive shared experiences.

The Gateway Club recognises the continuing role of people with learning disabilities in the community. The club help disabled people to become aware of the benefits of participating in an active lifestyle. They have lots of fun filled activities such as drama, art, music and sports facilitated by experienced staff and volunteers.