Irish dry stone walls

By The Helpful Engineer / On / In Historic Buildings

Irish dry stone walls.
Irish dry stone walls.

The shear volume of stone walls in the West of Ireland is amazing. These simple but effective structures are used as field boundaries. The comparison with the East of Ireland is stark where the fields are larger and are usually divided by hedgerows instead.

Most of the stone walls in Western Ireland were constructed in the last 200 years to form field divisions and clear the ground. They were built without mortar and hence are called dry stone walls. To date the oldest known example of dry stone walls in Ireland are at the ‘The Ceide Fields’. These were erected 5,800 years ago, see Wikipedia page here.

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