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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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Why do some people find it so difficult to follow advice

Great having survival bags but Pays to check the weather forecast before getting stuck up a mountain. It was given winds and snow showers this afternoon from yesterday. Being responsible & smart will save these guys being called out so often. They do a fantastic job but many times it could be avoided. The mourne wall should always be in eye shot when doing winter climbs as it acts as a directional point in case of whiteouts.

My word what takes people up the mountains in this weather ,thank goodness they had proper gear with them ❄️❄️❄️

Why do these people put others in danger they knew the conditions.Well done guys you do a remarkable job👍

Disgraceful behaviour putting people's lives at risk the few that didn't listen to the advice give out to not go on the mountains today should be very grateful they were rescued in such a timely manor

Great responding and the climbers to be commended for having their proper gear with them.

A great character building day in the hills. Well done folks for having your survival bags. That weather moved in quick. Well done to the team member for helping out. Great knowing you have our back.And The "stay at home brigade". just do what you do best and stay at home and have a cuppa tea...

I was up on Comedagh today but was back in Newcastle around 2pm. The comedagh plateau is very exposed and I’d say wind speed was close to 50mph around noon. The walk from the summit cairn to the tower was very challenging. The weather got worse after that and I was glad we started early. Glad these folks knew what to do and a great response from MRT again. Unfortunately witnessed very many poorly equipped people up there today who haven’t considered that in those conditions a rescue won’t usually be a quick process

Experienced enough to have survival bags. Well done glad it worked out well

amazing some hikers on pages admit defeat and turn back, yet experienced ones need the new Facebook profile photo so they aim to make it to the top regardless. Very selfish IMO.

People should be made to pay if an when this happens! COMMON SENSE people !!!!!!!!

Well done to the Mountain Rescue Team..but should they be put at risk because of the recklessness of some people with no with.

Excellent stuff guys… Good to hear the folks had survival bags…

I was in Donard Park with a walking team member of my group, I watched a guy preparing to go into the Mournes, he was wearing a pair of thin shorts and his other clothing left something to believe. I spoke to him and asked where he was going he said Commedagh. I told him he was mad dressed that way to go up in winter conditions. My friend and I who were equipped for the day decided due to the weather forecast to give it a miss. I have the greatest respect for the MMRT and not saying it was this guy who was rescued but seriously yesterday was not a day for a stroll in the Mountains even with the best of gear. Well done to the guys of MMRT for yet again saving those walkers.

Àgree guestions should be asked about the decision making of the two walkers heading onto the mountain in such predicated hars weather it sounds like they were well equipped but that said well done team on your fast response and putting your life on the line for others no doubt you saved these two lives people need good map and compass knowledge in a whiteout

Amazing people .. mourne mountain rescue team 👏👏👏

Outstanding work by all involved 👏

Well done all in very difficult conditions excellent job as usual.

Was poor this eve when we descended and met few lads heading up . Glad everyone safe well done mmr

Well that’s putting me off …..had planned a hike up Donard for tomorrow, any advice on the weather would be grateful thanks in advance 👍, Met Office saying high winds

Awesome work all involved

Well done everyone. Glad you all got back safely. Xx

It really closed in this afternoon. Great work as always

Well done to all involved

Well done to all involved

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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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