Spread across the south of counties Down and Armagh, Newry and Mourne is a picturesque part of Northern Ireland near the border with the Republic of Ireland. It's a place steeped in Celtic myth, especially centred around Slieve Gullion in County Armagh. The main hub of the area is the bustling town of Newry, with a population of just under 29,000, where the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, is said to have planted a yew tree at the head of the Clanrye river, from which Newry derives it name. The area was scarred by the troubles for more than 30 years, particularly Crossmaglen, Bessbrook and Newry itself, but peace has brought a different feel to the area and many benefits. Notable places to visit include the fishing port of Kilkeel, the Newry and Mourne Museum, and Bagenal's Castle.