All Points of interest
- Spelga Dam is located about a 10 mile drive from Newcastle. It is a man made dam built in 1960. It is noted for it’s ability to make cars roll up the hill. Just in front of the dam is a small in road only about 30m long that when people park their cars, turn off the engine, take it out of gear and release the handbrake the car appears to very slowly roll up the hill. ( having heard of it and being sceptical, i was very impresses when shown. )
- Widow’s Row is a line of cottages that were built in King Street for the Widow’s of the fishing disaster of 1843. On Friday 13th of January ten fishing boats set sail from Newcastle, a storm ensued and seventy three fishermen were drowned. Forty six Newcastle fishermen were drowned leaving behind 27 widows, 118 orphans and 21 dependants. An appeal raised enough money to build twelve small cottages at King Street that is still known as Widow’s Row.
- Newcastle and the surrounding area has its fair share of fokelore and stories passed down through the generations. Maggies Leap is one of these myths that local people grow up hearing about. You can find Maggies Leap much easier from a boat in the sea as it is difficult to see from the road. Maggies Leap is located on the cliffs just outside of Newcastle on the Ballach Road. There is a great chasm between two of the cliffs and a massive drop that falls to the sea below. This myth gets its legend from a local girl called Maggie who was walking home with a basket full of eggs. In order to escape a soldier giving chase to her, she attempted to jump the chasm and fell to her death below. There have however been different variations of the story in which Maggie jumps, makes it safely to the other side and not one of the eggs in her basket were broken.
- The Bogie Trail leads onto the Bogie Hill on Kingstreet and then on down to the harbour. This Trail was the main transportation of granite off the Mourne Mountains. A ‘Bogie’ is the name given to the small railway cart used to transport granite down the hill. For years the Bogie trail was merely an overgrown path through the forest and into the mountains, however in recent years a lot of work has been put into making the trail more easy to climb and is a great entrance to the mountains. The trail can be entered via King Street.
- It is not known where exacly the name ‘Bloody Bridge’ comes from, although it is thought that it may derive from a massacre that occured in the area in 1641. It is said that bodies where thrown over the bridge and into the river, tainting it red with blood. The area surrounding the Bloody Bridge is eerily beautiful and extreamly popular with walkers and backpackers as a gateway into the mournes. There is a carpark at the location of the Bloody Bridge that has both toilet and showering facilities, although during the height of the summer season this can be very busy.
- Monday Newcastle Centre 10.15am to 11.15am+ creche Tuesday Baptist Church Hall, 6.15pm to 7.15pm (no creche) Wednesday Newcastle Centre 10.15am to 11.15am + creche Thursday Downpatrick Leisure Centre 10.15am to 11.15am+creche Creche is £2.50 per child from 10am to 1pm, Gillian’s fitness classes are payable directly to Gillian £4.00 per session
- This piece celebrates the life of the multi-talented entertainer, Percy French, who composed the song “The Mountains of Mourne”. To represent this wistful letter home, the stainless steel is held on the edge and engraved with handwritten lyrics to resemble a page. An iconic image of Percy is subtracted from the sheet, allowing a view of the Mournes and linking the man, the scenery and the song. Created by Kevin Killen & Conor McKeanna
- This dramatic sculpture with soaring pinnacles of steel supporting hand worked flying tail forms is viewed against a backdrop of sky, sea and mountains. The form was inspired by the pioneering flight in Northern Ireland by Harry Ferguson along Newcastle coastline and the seaside heritage of the town. Artist: Charles Normandale