mourne mountains

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Mourne Mountains (mɔːn)
 
pl n
a mountain range in SE Northern Ireland. Highest peak: Slieve Donard, 853 m (2798 ft)

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mourne mountains

mountains astride a corner of Down district and Newry and Mourne district, formerly in County Down, Northern Ireland, a compact range of granite peaks rising abruptly from the Irish Sea at Carlingford Lough (inlet of the sea) and extending for 9 miles (14.5 km) between Newcastle and Rostrevor. Their oval outline reflects the extent of five overlapping granite intrusions into Silurian shales in later Tertiary times. Slieve Donard rises to 2,789 feet (850 metres) within 2 miles of the sea. A dozen other peaks, including Slieve Bearnagh and Slieve Binnian, exceed 2,000 feet. The hills are used as reservoirs that supply Belfast, Portadown, and Banbridge. There is also some sheep raising. The lower hillslopes have been extensively reforested. The historic kingdom of Mourne separates the mountains from the sea. The small coastal towns of Newcastle, Annalong, Kilkeel, and Rostrevor, once engaged in exporting dressed granite, are now fishing and vacation centres. Ruined castles at Greencastle and Dundrum attest the efforts of the Anglo-Norman settlers to hold this difficult coast. Between Newcastle and Castlewellan is the Tollymore Forest Park

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