Challenge 21 in aid of Down Syndrome North East will once again be taking to Sliabh Beagh this Saturday 14th September 2019. New route, new scenery, new self led options, new ways of raising funds; same venue, and just as challenging. The event will start and finish at the Sliabh Beagh hotel, Knockatallon.  Online registration only, check out the Facebook page for registration details.

The Sliabh Beagh challenge is for each walker to get 21 different people to sponsor them €21 to walk 21Km across this rugged terrain. Our target is to raise €50,000 & the funds will go towards the running costs of the Carrickmacross centre, which are in the region of €150,000 per year. 21 is the magic number due to the fact that people with Down Syndrome have a third copy of the 21st Chromosome. The Challenge 21 route is graded as “moderately difficult” and incorporates rugged pathways, boggy hillside, forest tracks, grassy trails and a section of tarred public roads. Water stations and toilet facilities will be set up along the route. On the morning of the event, light refreshments will be available at the Sliabh Beagh hotel. A hot buffet meal for each participant will be provided on return to the hotel. Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success with 151 people taking on the challenge, with a total of €51,579.52! For more information email

Come along this Saturday from 12.30 to 4.30pm to the family fun day on the pitch opposite the Sliabh Beagh hotel, and enjoy music and entertainment by Fabian Murphy, Bouncy Castles from Andy’s Castles, Ice creams from Cavan Soft Ice cream,  Facepainting with Fab Faces Party Entertainment, Rally car supplied by Michael Carbin, and Tuck shop provided by McMahon’s Centra, Scotstown. Image may contain: text