Listen to the land

Locals and visitors alike can listen to the heartbeat of Newry during Iúr Cinn Fleadh – not only by going to sessions, but also by trying out a new experience launched recently in the city.

You can explore our rich history and culture by going on The Story Of Newry walking tour. That means you can hear the sounds of trad at the gigs – and listen to the land on the tour – all during the Fleadh weekend.


The experience was developed in partnership with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Tourism NI and Newry BID to create innovative tourism experiences within the city.

Led by experienced local guide Sinead Rice McAleavy, the walking tour takes visitors on a journey through time, exploring the landmarks and hidden gems of the city to uncover the stories that shaped its past and present.

The tour covers a variety of landmarks and historical sites. They include the impressive Newry Cathedral, the 18th-century Newry Canal, and the bustling Newry Market. Visitors will also learn about the city’s role in the shipping industry.

Sinead is an experienced storyteller and is passionate about Newry and its heritage, skilled at bringing the city’s stories to life with her fascinating anecdotes and insights. The tour is also designed to be an immersive and interactive experience.

‘Newry is a city with a rich and varied past and we believe that by sharing its stories, we can help visitors to understand and appreciate this unique and special place,’ said Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Valerie Harte.


Tour guide Sinead Rice McAleavey said, ‘I am excited to share the stories of our city with visitors from around the world and to help them discover its unique and fascinating history and culture’.

The Story Of Newry walking tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, with the route carefully planned to ensure maximum accessibility and comfort for visitors. The Fleadh tour takes place on Saturday 26 August at 11am.

Online bookings and tour information can be found at People can also turn up on the day, however a place is subject to availability. (Photo: Valerie Harte and Sinead Rice McAleavy launch the new walking tour)

Clive Price