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Official Launch of IAT Ireland & Ulster Way
03-09-2013

On August 31, 2013, the International Appalachian Trail welcomed Northern Ireland's Ulster Way as its newest member and celebrated the completion of the IAT across the emerald isle, from Slieve League in the Republic to the ferry terminal at Larne. The official launch was held at the Bluegrass Music Festival at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh.

The event was attended by IAT Europe Vice President and trail organizer Magne Haugseng and a number of invited guests, including Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan, Donegal North-East TD (Teachta Dála - i.e., Member of Parliament) Joe McHugh, and Omagh District Council Vice Chair Sorcha McAnespy. Also on hand was IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol, who extended an official welcome to the Ulster Way and Northern Ireland, and gratefully acknowledged the work of Magne and his colleagues on both sides of the border.

IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and Omagh District Council Vice Chair Sorcha McAnespy cutting a ribbon to officially open the IAT Ulster Way and the completed IAT route across Ireland. (L - R, IAT Europe Vice Chair Magne Haugseng, Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan, Vice Chair McAnespy, Chairperson Wylezol, and Donegal North-East TD Joe McHugh

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