Mourne Heritage Trust

Restoration of the Mourne Water Towers

Funded by

Mourne Mountains Landscape Partnership (Heritage Lottery Fund)
NI Rural Development Programme (via the DRAP & SOAR Local Action Groups)
The Water Towers are owned by NI Water


June 2014

Project Description

This project involved the restoration of these unique features, which form part of the 22 mile long Mourne Wall. The Mourne Wall was constructed between 1904 and 1922 and was built to enclose the water catchment area for the Mourne Scheme, a scheme which aimed to bring water from the Mournes to the ever expanding industrial city of Belfast. ). It connects the summits of 15 mountains. Work was carried out on the wall from March to October each year, with sand and cement being transported to the summit by donkeys (Carson, W.H. “The Dam Builders”. Mourne Observer 1981

The Towers are thought to have been built as shelter to protect the stone men as they toiled against the elements. Each Tower has a lintel over the door, inscribed with the date of its completion:

Slieve Donard – 1910
Slieve Commedagh – 1913
Slieve Meelmore – 1921

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