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Return of Triathlon kickstarts ‘Giant of a Weekend’ at Camlough

Following a year of closure and some £3m investment, Camlough Lake will officially open for business later this week with the launch of ‘A Giant of a Weekend’ festival taking place on 3rd and 4th June.

The festival, supported by Newry Mourne and Down District Council, will get underway with the return of the Crooked Lake Triathalon on Saturday at 2pm.  The popular sporting event is gearing up 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, Doyle’s and Trainor’s back in the village that evening.

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.

“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,” she said.

One of the organisers, Catherine Murphy, expressed gratitude to Newry Mourne and Down Council, to event sponsors First Derivatives, Synge and Byrne and Cathedral Eye Clinic, and all the local business and the community for their continued support..

“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 a very apt way to celebrate its reopening,” Catherine said.

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