Dial 999, ask for Police then Mountain Rescue

100% Voluntary.
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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Mountain Rescue in the UK is a voluntary service. To maintain this valuable community operation, we rely solely on the support and generosity of you – the public.

100% Voluntary. 100% Committed.

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We often reflect on past years and on the incidents we have attended and casualties aided.

This #FACTFRIDAY: Over the last 10 years, our call-outs average anything between 2-4 hours at anytime of the day or night, but some of our call-outs have lasted up to 8-12 hours and longer!

As we move into Autumn, we want to share some of our hard earned lessons to help you all safely enjoy your time in the majestic Mournes at this time of the year.

- The weather is unpredictable.  Last weekend has been an excellent example. Consider the changeable weather and your route choice: paths can become streams, streams rivers, and rivers torrents.  Remember your plan A, B and C, and avoid risk.
- Temperatures are quickly dropping.  Dress appropriately for the time of year, bring a hot drink and a shelter tent is always handy to have in emergencies.
- Light is fleeting.  Darkness is falling sooner, especially when the cloud rolls in.  Have a torch and spare batteries at hand and, it can help to start your walk a little earlier in the day.

For more information on the team and how to keep yourself safe in the mountains please follow the link below


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Great info needs to be shared to as many as possible . People please do share this on . Lord knows it just may save some of the stupid ones 😫. ( the flip floppers and wee water bottle type ) 😡

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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.


We rely on donations from the public to support the work that we do. Your donation, however small, helps us to continue our work - saving lives. 100% voluntary. 100% committed.

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In an emergency dial 999 ask for Police then Mountain Rescue

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