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Volunteer Opportunity – Restore Slieve Gullion cairn

Assist in the restoration of Slieve Gullion Cairn

Once again Slieve Gullion Cairn needs your help! The ancient cairn on the summit of Slieve Gullion is in need of repair as a result of the accidental damage caused by the thousands of visitors to the site each year.

Working under the supervision of Dr. Martin Keery, an Inspector of Historical Monuments for NIEA, volunteers will be moving the loose stones filling the passage way and redistributing them to the top of the cairn to cover the exposed cement of the roof.  We’ll also be removing some stones from inside the cairn to produce a level surface, which will make it easier and safer for visitors entering and sheltering in the cairn.

There will be an opportunity to hear the stories and history of the area on the walk up to the cairn as well as learn about the cairn itself at the top.

We will meet in the top car park on the Slieve Gullion forest drive; it is the first car park you come to once you leave the main car park and drive up the mountain.  Please wear sturdy footwear (hiking boots are ideal) and weather appropriate clothing and bring a packed lunch with you.

Volunteers should be aware this work involves a roughly 45 minute climb to the mountain summit and the lifting and moving reasonably heavy loads.

Registration is essential.

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