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Michael Fassbender starved himself for 10 weeks to play his latest role, as the IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in the film Hunger. Photo/Paul McErlaneNewcastle is a small seaside resort in County Down, Northern Ireland, which had a population of 7,444 at the 2001 Census. It lies on the Irish Sea at the foot of Slieve Donard, one of the Mourne Mountains, and is known for its sandy beach and the Royal County Down Golf Club. The town lies within the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area. The town aims to promote itself as the "activity resort" for Northern Ireland and its most special attribute is its location at the foot of Slieve Donard. The town has benefited from a multi million upgrade which makes it a high quality seaside attraction. The town is twinned with New Ross, County Wexford, in the Republic of Ireland. The Mourne Mountains (pronounced /'m??rn/ MOHRN; Irish: na Beanna Boirche), also called the Mournes or Mountains of Mourne, are a granite mountain range in County Down in the south-east of Northern Ireland. It includes the highest mountains in Northern Ireland and the province of Ulster. The highest of these is Slieve Donard at 850 m (2,790 ft). The Mournes is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has been proposed as the first national park in Northern Ireland. The area is partly owned by the National Trust and sees a large number of visitors every year. The name Mourne (historically spelt Morne) is derived from the name of a Gaelic clann or sept called the Múghdhorna.