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The Maiden of the Mournes Festival continues over this weekend in Warrenpoint and earlier this week Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey welcomed all the Maidens to Newry Museum for a tour of the exhibits and a reception.

The international festival, which began in 1989 and is held in Warrenpoint, offers a week-long celebration. The events, which take place between 11 and 18 August, include a Fair Day on the opening day, with fireworks, open air music performances and children’s entertainment throughout the week—culminating with the crowning of the Maiden of the Mournes on Saturday 17 August.

Maidens of the Mournes enjoy dressing up and learning about local history during their tour of Newry and Mourne Museum in Bagenal’s Castle.
Maidens of the Mournes dressed for the occasion during their tour of Newry and Mourne Museum in Bagenal’s Castle.

Speaking at the reception, Chairperson Councillor Casey said, “I am delighted to welcome this year’s Maidens to Newry. It is a fantastic achievement to have been chosen to represent your respective areas and I cannot wait to hear more about what led you to be here today. 

“Although I am sure each and every one of you deserves this title, whoever is the fortunate maiden to be selected ‘Maiden of the Mournes’ at the end of the week, will enjoy a very special year.

Newry, Mourne and Down Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey and Charlie Davis, Chairperson, Maiden of Mourne Festival welcome the Maidens of the Mournes to Bagnal’s Castle, Newry. Back row from left: Emma Slater, Chichester Maiden; Emma Woods, Newry Maiden; Chase Waldt, Southern Pines Maiden; Gabija Trakimaite, Lithuania Maiden; Joanna McConvey, Down Maiden. Front row from left: Siobhán Murillo, San Diego Maiden; Bronagh Quinn, Louth Maiden; Susanna Wiggins; Reigning Maiden; Councillor Charlie Casey, Council Chairperson; Charlie Davis, Festival Chairperson; Maggie Byrnes, Pittsburgh Maiden and Stacey Flynn, Warrenpoint Maiden.
Newry, Mourne and Down Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey and Charlie Davis, Chairperson, Maiden of Mourne Festival welcome the Maidens of the Mournes to Bagnal’s Castle, Newry. Back row from left: Emma Slater, Chichester Maiden; Emma Owens, Newry Maiden; Chase Waldt, Southern Pines Maiden; Gabija Trakimaite, Lithuania Maiden; Joanna McConvey, Down Maiden. Front row from left: Siobhán Murillo, San Diego Maiden; Bronagh Quinn, Louth Maiden; Susanna Wiggins; Reigning Maiden; Councillor Charlie Casey, Council Chairperson; Charlie Davis, Festival Chairperson; Maggie Byrnes, Pittsburgh Maiden and Stacey Flynn, Warrenpoint Maiden.

“I would also like to congratulate the organising committee, not only for putting together another great programme of events which will appeal to all ages, but also for seeing the success of the festival through to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. The Council is indebted to your efforts to attract visitors from all over the world to this exciting festival 

“One of the Council’s strategic objectives is to promote the Newry, Mourne and Down district as a premier tourism destination on the island of Ireland and community run festivals, such as Maidens of the Mournes, play an important role in helping us to achieve this objective. We are delighted to be associated with this wonderful festival. 

“I have no doubt you will enjoy the hospitality of the Newry, Mourne and Down people, and have a very memorable week.”

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