'Borderlands'- New Tourism Initiative launched

8 May 2008

‘Borderlands”, a new heritage tourism cross border project part-funded by the EU, which has been created to publicise the amazing 6000 year story of Ulsters' changing borders and over 50 historical sites in Ireland’s Northeast border region, was launched in Navan Fort, Armagh on Thursday 8th May. The recent changes in the east border area have inspired the collaboration between the councils of Armagh, Banbridge, Newry and Mourne in Northern Ireland and the counties of Louth and Monaghan in the Republic

The wonderful attractions located in the mystical and historical borderland’s region and these are featured in a stunning new 100 page guide ,website and promotional campaign to attract domestic and overseas tourists

Tony Robinson, presenter of Time Team, Channel Four’s archaeological investigation show, who has written an introduction to the Borderlands Guide,says

" I’ve always been fascinated by the search for new places to visit and explore, so Borderlands was a real find, a treasure trove of ancient stories and mysterious sites. Borderlands! It’s very name conjures up images of blood-stained swords, clan skirmishes, heroes in hiding and all the other paraphernalia of Irish myth, doesn’t it? "

The guide details over 50 diverse heritage locations to discover, set in beautiful landscapes, picturesque villages and thriving counties of Down, Armagh, Louth and Monaghan. These historic (and pre-historic!) sites span 6000 years of this island’s history and are distinct in their nature and appeal.

Those interested in early Ireland and archaeology can revel in the plethora of Neolithic stone tombs, Bronze Age burial grounds and hill forts to explore. Families and schools looking for a day out will find there is plenty of choice between outdoor exploration and an indoor trip to one of the many museums, mills or castles. Hikers and hill walkers will come across many of the historic gems on their trails. Whatever the choice is, each venue provides an educational and enjoyable insight into our island’s heritage. Many centres cater for group visits , special interest clubs, schools and colleges.

This project is part financed and promoted by the European Union through the Ireland/Northern Ireland Interreg IIIA Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body for the East Border Region Interreg IIIA Partnership.

The Borderlands initiative was launched on the 8th May in the Navan Centre, Armagh. by Mr Tom French Vice Chair East Borders Region Interreg IIIA Partnership and attended by over 80 dignataries and tourism industry professionals

  • Monaghan
  • LCC
  • MCC
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council