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100% Committed.

Serviced by dedicated unpaid volunteers, we rely on your support all year round.

The history of organised Mountain Rescue teams began on this island in 1962 when the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team was founded. The Kerry Mountain Rescue Team and the An Óige Mountain Rescue Team were later founded in 1966.

The Mourne Mountain Rescue Team is made up entirely of volunteers who live close to the Mournes. Based at the foot of Slieve Donard in the coastal town of Newcastle, all operations and callouts are currently conducted from the PSNI Station.

Lidl Northern Ireland has been given the green light to proceed with plans to develop a new state-of-the-art store in Newcastle, County Down. The new store, which will be located at Shan Slieve Drive and Bryansford Road, at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, will also provide The Team the space it needs to develop a new facility, future-proofing the organisation and its ability to continue providing a lifesaving service.

The Team are actively fundraising and seeking your help to ensure we have the funds in place to make this exciting project a reality. We need YOUR help to get us the funds we need! To find out how you can donate please visit our donation page. Every Lidl helps…

2021 in numbers

Man Hours

Up 57% from 2020


Up 52% from 2020

Team Members

No Change

People Assisted

Down 26% from 2020

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Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team on the tragic loss of their teammate as a result of a climbing accident yesterday.On Tuesday 2nd July 2024 Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team were tasked to the Benbulben forest walk area, where a climber had sustained a serious injury.
Two local climbers were out climbing a gully above the Benbulben Forest Walk when the accident occurred.
The climber, a local man in his forties, slipped while climbing the gully, sustaining a serious head injury. Both climbers were active members of Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team.
15 Mountain Rescue volunteers responded to the call and rushed to the scene. They were accompanied by two ambulances from the National ambulance Service and Members of An Garda Siochána. Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 118 was dispatched from Strandhill to assist in the operation.
A helicopter rescue from the mountain could not be attempted due to the location and prevailing winds but was able to provide extra illumination from the helicopter as the light began to fade. Four paramedics attended the scene alongside mountain rescue personnel and despite their best efforts they could not revive our colleague.
He was lifted onto a stretcher to be lowered off the mountain. The operation to retrieve our colleague was very precarious as the terrain was very steep and the weather started to deteriorate, making conditions very difficult underfoot. A brake rope was deployed on the stretcher to assist with extraction off the mountain. Despite the worsening conditions there was a concerted effort by all team members to bring our friend home.
As a team we are all devastated at the loss of our friend and colleague, for almost decade he was a dedicated member of the team coming to assist those in need. He was compassionate, professional, friendly and always had a big smile wherever you would meet him. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family at what is a very difficult time. We would also like to reassure the public that as we go through this period of mourning that the team is fully operational and ready to respond to anyone who may get into difficulty in the upland areas of Sligo and Leitrim.
Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team wish to thank An Garda Siochána, the National Ambulance Service and Coast Guard Rescue 118 for their assistance in the operation.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team on the tragic loss of their teammate as a result of a climbing accident yesterday.

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That has been a very difficult “job” for the members of the team, my thoughts go out to the whole team and condolences to the team member’s family Only thought is he was doing something he loved when he passed 🥲🥲

Really sad to hear this. Condolences to everyone, family, friends and the team. Awful news ❤️

So very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend & teammate. My sincere condolences to their family, friends and colleagues. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Xx🙏💕

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About Us

The Team is made up of 36 volunteers who live in and around the Mourne area. We are on call 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. We undertake a substantial amount of training in advanced first aid, technical rope work and search management.


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