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Publicity and Awards

Cara Magazine, Summer 2013

An article from Cara Magazine, 2013

It was great to get a mention in Cara Magazine this summer. Many of our guests saw it in flight and were delighted that we got this publicity.

Irish Mountain Log, Summer 2012

An article from Irish Mountain Summer magazine , 2012

One of Northern Ireland’s most renowned walking hostels is included in this inititative, and Mairead White MBE, Director of Cnocnafeola in Attical, believes that working together with local guides and providing some welcome added extras, specifically tailored to walkers , has set them apart from the rest of the pack.

Mairead, who in 1999 was awarded an MBE for services to the community regeneration, explains: “It’s the little things that matter. Hot showers , drying rooms:soft , guest slippers for tired feet :packed lunches; newspapers for your wet boots ; a pick up from the hills, if necessary , laminated maps , and good hearty , home cooking. We try to give our guests an experience in the Mournes and not just sell a product” Genuine welcomes and personal touches come natural to Mairead and her staff.

Action Renewable Award 2011


The Action Renewables Association annual awards were held on Tuesday 20th March at Titanic Belfast. The event which was held in association with Tughans and Travelwise NI, was a great success and recognised ten local companies for their innovation in renewable energy technologies, thought-leading sustainability and awareness raising initiatives.

  • The Mourne Lodge was nominated for Best Energy Saving SME (Runner up)


 Northern Ireland Tourist Board Award Winners 2010

NITB Winners 2010

Mourne Lodge Awards

  • The Irish Times 26/02/2011, Catherine Mack
  • Nominated for Placement of the Year from University of Ulster and Queens University 2011
  •  Northern Ireland’s new walking route

The Observer

by Rhiannon Batten, The Observer 18/10/09

“…The strength of the euro explained why, when we arrived at the Cnocnafeola Centre in Atticall, our hostel for the night, we found a large group of Dublin bankers settling in for the night. It wasn’t just the price that had drawn them, though. A community project run by the indomitable Mairead White, Cnocnafeola is the homeliest hostel I’ve ever stayed in. En-suite rooms come with hot showers, pretty bedlinen, guest slippers and, if you want one, a bedtime hot water bottle. But it’s Mairead’s motherly welcome, and her delicious home cooking, that are the biggest selling points…”

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The Mourne Lodge has also been given great reviews in the Irish News, Green Traveller and also The Outsider Magazine.