The Ring of Gullion team are working with Ulster Architectural Heritage Society(UAHS) to carry out an Industrial Heritage Audit of the area.
UAHS are hosting a public consultation workshop to find out from the local community and experts what they think should be the main focus of the audit. Please join us for a cup of tea and to help make sure we don’t miss any important sites or stories!
People have lived in the Ring of Gullion for over 6,000 years. The area is rich in historic monuments dating from Neolithic times to the Plantation of Ulster. Many of the sites have been well studied and their significance understood. Others, such as the Dorsey earthworks, thought to be both a gateway and a defensive boundary to Ulster, may still have secrets to reveal. The area has been important for communication and travel throughout the ages. Today, the area is traversed by both the modern and recently-upgraded A1 motorway and the Slige Midluachra, the ancient road from Drogheda to Dunseverick.
Farming and commerce have also shaped the landscape, leaving an overlay of ancient field boundary patterns, parklands, market towns and villages, and a dense network of roads and lanes. Industrial development has led to the creation of manmade features, such as the Newry Canal, the railways, and the enlargement of Camlough Lake, to power the mills of Bessbrook and to supply the canal.
This Industrial Heritage Audit will identify, record and assess heritage of sites within the area’, in order to establish future priorities for preservation, interpretation, community engagement and access. It will also inform the selection of future industrial heritage projects in the area.
This information will continue to inform the work of the Ring of Gullion Partnership and the delivery of the AONB Management Plan. A key requirement of the industrial heritage audit will be to expand and build upon the existing audits and surveys which are already available.
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