Cllr Mickey Larkin Welcomes Wildlife Ranger to Protect Natural Beauty of Cooley Mountains

Cllr Mickey Larkin

Sinn Féin Cllr Mickey Larkin has welcomed the news that a Wildlife Ranger will be assigned to the Cooley Mountains.

Cllr Larkin attended a public meeting last Friday with his colleague Cllr Antóin Watters from Dundalk/Carlingford in the Mullaghbuoy Community Centre in Riverstown, Co Louth.

Cllr Larkin said “Present at the public meeting were representatives from the IFA, Mountaineering Ireland and local walking groups. One thing that we all had in common was our love for the mountains and our wish to see their natural beauty preserved for future generations.”

Cllr Antóin Watters

Cllr Larkin said “The meeting was called following the recent spraying of yellow markings in the Cooley Mountains. It was agreed by all present that there needed to be more awareness of events being held on the mountains. All agreed that a ‘no trace’ approach would be best practice, basically to leave the Mountains as you found them.”

Cllr Larkin was also pleased to see that “the organisers are going to meet with local Gardaí to ensure that any future users of the mountain will use appropriate temporary markings and the group will work closely with the new Wildlife Ranger.”

Cllr Larkin reminded that “the Cooley Mountains are for all to enjoy and are important for local tourism. The area is one of outstanding beauty so I will raise this issue with Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and my colleague Cllr Antóin Watters will raise it with Louth County Council and we will also raise it at the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Group which deal with cross border issues between the two Councils. Let’s leave nature as we find it.”

L-R Helen Lawless (Mountaineering Ireland), Cllr Micky Larkin, Cllr Antóin Watters, Matthew McGreehan & Ciaran Sheelan (both Louth IFA)

Antóin Watters Welcomes Wildlife Ranger to Protect Natural Beauty of Cooley Mountains

Cllr Antóin Watters

Sinn Féin Cllr Antóin Watters has welcomed the news that a Wildlife Ranger will be assigned to the Cooley Mountains.

Having attended a public meeting last Friday with his colleague Cllr Mickey Larkin from South Armagh in the Mullaghbuoy Community Centre, Cllr Watters said “we were present with representatives from the IFA, Mountaineering Ireland and local walking groups. One thing that

Cllr Mickey Larkin

we all had in common was our love for the mountains and our wish to see their natural beauty preserved for future generations.”

Cllr Watters said “The meeting was called following the discovery of yellow markings that had been sprayed on the Cooley Mountains recently. It was agreed that there needed to be more awareness of events being held on the mountains. All those present agreed that a ‘no trace’ approach would be best practice, basically, leave the Mountains as you found them.”

Cllr Watters was also pleased to see that “the organisers are going to meet with local Gardaí to ensure that any future users of the mountain will use appropriate temporary markings and the group will work closely with the Wildlife Ranger.”

Cllr Watters reminded that “the Cooley Mountains are for all to enjoy and are important for local tourism. The area is one of outstanding beauty so I will raise this issue with Louth County Council and my colleague Cllr Mickey Larkin will raise it with Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and we will also raise it at the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Group which deal with cross border issues between the two Councils. Let’s leave nature as we find it.”

L-R Helen Lawless (Mountaineering Ireland), Cllr Micky Larkin, Cllr Antóin Watters, Matthew McGreehan & Ciaran Sheelan (both Louth IFA)