Friday 19 October 2018 06:15:42 AM

Camlough’s Giant Of A Weekend
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Following a year of closure and some £3M investment, Camlough Lake is officially open for business with the launch of A Giant of a Weekend on 3rd and 4th June, supported by Newry Mourne and Down District Council.

Kick starting with the return of the Crooked Lake Triathalon on Saturday 3 June at 2pm, the sporting event is hoped to be the biggest yet with over 400 local and international competitors registered.

Lake side activities on Saturday include ‘Giant’ Arts & Crafts, face painting and other family activities based on Cowan’s Yard, while entertainment, BBQ and Spit Roast Pig take place in The Yellow Heifer, Doyles and Trainors that evening.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson Cllr Gillian Fitzpatrick pictured with organisers of the Camlough ‘Giant’ run to mark the opening of the £3 million improvements to the lake area.

Sunday is a Giant Family fun day from 11-4pm with Lake Side Swims for adults and juniors, free water based activities, giant Climbing Wall, Puzzle zone and archery with BBQ, TRAD sessions, music and entertainment in Camlough village that night.

The weekend is the combined effort of Camlough Lake Water Festival and Feile Chamlocha and hopes to see visitors flock to the area to join in the fun.

Congratulating the organisers, Chair of Newry Mourne and Down District Council Gillian Fitzpatrick said she was thrilled to see the Lake reopened following essential repairs to the Dam. “Camlough Lake is one of our region’s fantastic resources and is a great hub for sport and community – attracting thousands of international swimmers annually. Newry Mourne and Down District Council are very proud to support this event to officially reopen the Lake.”

Catherine Murphy, event organiser, said: “The improvements to the lake have been finished so well and with great care for the beauty of the area.  The new raised viewing areas and the walkway around the lake will significantly enhance spectator and competitor experience. The lake has always been a real focal point for the local community so this ‘Giant’ family focused weekend is very apt way to celebrate its reopening.

“We’re very grateful to Newry Mourne, Down District Council, to our sponsors First Derivatives, Synge and Byrne and Cathedral Eye Clinic and all the local business and the local community for their continued support,” Catherine added.

For more information on events, to register for the Triathalon or Sunday Swim session, see Camlough Lake on Facebook and Visit the Mournes and: