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Famine Wall Walk

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Slieve Gullion, Killeavy, County Armagh, BT35 8LN
Famine Wall Walk

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Join our guides for a fascinating walk visiting the Famine Walls on Armagh’s highest mountain, Slieve Gullion.

The Great famine of 1845 was an event that shaped Irish history. After three devastating years of failed potato crops, the people were starving by the roadsides.

In a controversial attempt to help some of the starving and destitute, the government responded by purchasing meal which people could buy by earning a small wage through a public works programme that involved the building of walls, roads, etc.

Slieve Gullion’s wall was one such scheme. Mountain Ways Ireland will guide you as we trace the famine walls which mark some of the townland boundaries of this area. The walk continues to reach the highest surviving Neolithic passage tomb in Ireland. Visit the magical Mountain top lake and listen to the stories of the famous Caillaigh Beara, the old witch who inhabited the mountain deep in Ireland’s ancient past.

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  • Euros accepted

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