Mourne Heritage Trust

Dry Stone Walls

Funded by

Mourne Mountains Landscape Partnership (Heritage Lottery Fund)
NI Rural Development Programme (via DRAP and SOAR Local Action Groups)

Completed

October 2014

Project Description

The dry stone walls of the Mournes are a treasured part of our national heritage. Built with world famous Mourne granite, they not only reflect the traditional skills of the local stone men but the distinctive geology, wildlife, culture and agricultural traditions of the area too. This project comprised of a number of strands:

a.  Restoration of sections of dry stone walls at strategic locations in the Mournes
b.  Training – workshops held by a master dry stone waller with the aim of preserving this important traditional skill. Training covered both single skin and double skin walls
c.  Artistic – appreciation of our dry stone walls through a range of artistic mediums (clay, plein air sketching, oil painting)
d.  Publications – production of a handbook and leaflet to encourage further skills development and raise awareness of the importance of these structures

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