Sporting Traditions in Newry & Mourne

Watch video from Bagenal's Castle in Newry and learn about the sports that have flourished in the shadow of the Mournes

'London 2012 is the ultimate sporting event, and it only happens every four years, so that's why we wanted to have this exhibition,' says Noreen Cunningham, curator at the Newry and Mourne Museum. 'It is inspiring having the Olympic Games so near at hand.'

Sporting Traditions Through the Ages in Newry & Mourne is an Inspire Mark project hosted in Bagenal's Castle in Newry. The exhibition features historic memorabilia donated by sportspeople from the area, and pertaining to success in football, Gaelic games, pigeon racing and other sports popular across County Down.

'It looks at all the people who have made an important contribution to sport in the local area,' adds Cunningham, 'such as the coaches the those who have inspired young people in their endeavours.'

Exhibits include photographs of the 1960 All-Ireland Championship-winning Down side, who went on to retain the Sam Maguire cup in 1961 and 1968. International goalkeeper Pat Jennings's Mexico '86 jersey is also on show, as well as plaques, trophies and other items of historical significance.

Sporting Traditions Through the Ages in Newry & Mourne runs until April 2013.

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