We are pleased to have completed our first Ambassador Training Course for Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism http://www.mournecooleygullion.com/ . The next course begins towards end January.
The project focuses on the upland areas of the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, located in Newry and Mourne, Down and Banbridge Districts, the Ring of Gullion AONB and the Cooley peninsula and adjacent areas in County Louth, with a view to increasing visitor numbers, enhancing the tourism potential and contributing towards people's appreciation of the beautiful landscape around them.
The project is part-financed by the European Union's European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. The project is financed up to June 2015.
The 'trainee' Ambassadors undertook a nine week course covering geology, geomorphology, use of the lanscape and tourism engagement. Lecturers included Dr Kirstin Lemon and Dr Ian Meighan as well as Ian Henderson and Kieran Swail.
Nineteen students from all walks of life and both sides of the Border are now Geopark Ambassadors.
The TTC project is being undertaken in partnership with Southern Regional College.