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The Heritage of the Mournes

Posted on May 11, 2015 @ 5:01 PM in Walking

Mourne Mountains

Have you ever wondered why there are towers in the Mourne Wall?  Did you know there used to be a railway line in the mountains?  Ever thought about who was responsible for the Gothic gate arches in Tollymore Forest Park?

The Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is brimming with natural and built heritage with many fascinating stories to be told.  In attempt to give us an insight into this colourful history the Mourne Mountains Landscape Partnership has released a suite of short films to help raise awareness of the rich built and industrial heritage of the Mourne Area.

Showcasing a number of projects that have been enhanced in recent months the short videos focus on the Granite Trail, Water Towers and the follies in Tollymore Forest Park to help bring to life the stories of the landscape.

Check out the videos for yourself below:

The Granite Trail

The Granite Industry in Mourne dates back to the 1800s when it provided much needed jobs for local people. This film uncovers the remarkable story of the local men who used their skills to turn a natural asset into a famous industry.

The Mourne Water Towers

This short film presented by Dawson Stelfox MBE (the first Irishman to climb Mount Everest) provides an overview of the history of the 3 Water or Summit Towers which are features of the 22 miles long Mourne Wall  (constructed between 1904 and 1922). The towers are located on the summits of Slieve Donard, Commedagh and Meelmore.

The History of Tollymore Follies

This film provides an overview of the history associated with a number of the unique follies and structures in Tollymore Forest Park, Co Down. These structures, some of which date back to the 1700s, are excellent examples of the rich built heritage of the Mourne area.

Tollymore Follies Restoration

Chris McCollum, conservation building surveyor, describes the delicate restoration skills and techniques used to preserve these unique structures for future generations to enjoy.   

Find out more about the Mourne Heritage Trust and the work they do in the Mourne Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty. 

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

3 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by PATRICK MCVEIGH on May 15, 2015 @ 4:28 PM

excellently presented and informative films

Posted by I enjoyed these presentions a lot , and learnt something. on June 21, 2015 @ 6:04 PM

Very cood

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