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Mourne Mountain towers are now back in tip-top shape

By Chris McCullough

Published 09/07/2015

Refurbished: The tower on Commedagh
Refurbished: The tower on Commedagh
Refurbished: The tower on Donard

Three historic landmarks that greet hikers in the Mourne Mountains have been restored to their former glory.

Once used as shelters to protect workers from the elements, the landmarks had fallen into disrepair and needed urgent work to preserve them.

Restoration costing £64,000 was made available by the Mourne Mountains Landscape Partnership.

The towers are linked by the 22-mile Mourne Wall and sit on top of Slieve Commedagh, Slieve Meelmore and Northern Ireland's highest peak, Slieve Donard.

The wall itself was built between 1904 and 1922 by the Belfast Water Commissioners.

Each of the three towers has a lintel over the doors with the date of construction inscribed on it. The tower on Slieve Donard is dated 1910; the one on Slieve Commendagh 1913 and Slieve Meelmore's tower is dated 1921.

Celine Rodgers from NI Water, which owns the towers, said: "We are delighted to have secured the refurbishment of these great assets in the heart of the Mournes.

"The towers are well known to hillwalkers and campers as landmarks, and it is important that these unique structures are maintained as they form part of the built heritage of the area."

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