J3428 : The Mourne Wall, Slieve Commedagh

taken 14 years ago, 5 km SW of Newcastle, Co Down, Northern Ireland

The Mourne Wall, Slieve Commedagh
The Mourne Wall, Slieve Commedagh
As the Mourne Wall reaches the top of Slieve Commedagh it is broken by this lookout tower. There are three of these towers in the wall - this one and others on the summits of Slieve Donard J3527 : The summit of Slieve Donard and Slieve Meelmore J3028 : Summit of Slieve Meelmore. The lookouts, which also serve as shelters, are the only parts of the wall that used mortar in their construction.
The Mourne Wall

The Mourne Wall is a 22 mile long wall in the Mourne Mountains. It was built between 1904 and 1922 by the Belfast Water Commissioners to enclose their catchment areas in the Mournes and protect the area from the effects of cattle and sheep on the water course LinkExternal link . The wall is predominately constructed from local granite using traditional dry stone walling techniques; on average the wall is about 1.5 metres high and 0.8 to 0.9 metres thick. It is not uniform in construction along the entire length - the 'classic' granite wall is only to be found north of Carn mountain and Long Seefin with particularly impressive sections on Slieve Commedagh and Slieve Donard; elsewhere it largely resembles the traditional dry stone walls found elsewhere in the Mournes and south County Down. In places, such as Slieve Muck, the wall is not constructed of granite at all.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 27 March, 2010   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 26 October, 2010
Mountain walls   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 342 284 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:11.2317N 5:56.6147W
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Irish: geotagged! J 342 284
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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