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ISBN: 9781841148441
AUTHOR: Simon Watterson
Portrait of Mourne
Portrait of Mourne
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It is hard to surpass the elegance of the words of Percy French when he described how ‘the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea’. Mourne is situated in the south of County Down and is dominated by the mountains that take their name from the area.

The Mountains of Mourne are a relatively small range, both in terms of the area covered and the heights of the peaks, but this modesty is deceptive and belies their extraordinary importance for thousands of years in shaping the northeast corner of the island. The mountains were an important natural defence for the Kingdom of Mourne where the Mughdhorna settled in the twelfth century and they became of key importance in the development of Belfast as a population centre in the 1900s.

Granted city status in 1888, the Water Commissioners of Belfast turned to the Mournes to provide the water needed for the rapidly growing city.The construction of the Silent Valley Dam and the 22-mile Mourne Wall changed not only the mountains but also the economic outlook for the whole of the country.

This beautifully illustrated book with more than 140 colour photographs explores not only the mountains themselves, but also the area from which they take their name and the people who live and work there.

Simon Watterson’s fascination with the natural world initially led to a career in science. However, photography allowed him to explore nature in a different way and in 2007 he broke away from science to concentrate on photography. A finalist in several major photographic competitions, he has also had work published in the national press and various magazines. Portrait of Mourne follows on from his successful first book, Portrait of the Northern Ireland Coast.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 844 1, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published April 2010.

Northern Ireland's Ancient SitesNorthern Ireland's Ancient Sites - £14.99
From the wilds of the mountains to the gentility of Georgian towns, Diana Dicker paints the picture of an intriguing past profusely illustrated with photographs of the historic dimension of this scenic land.
The Glens of AntrimThe Glens of Antrim - £19.99
Prepare to see the Glens of Antrim as you’ve never seen them before in Steven Hanna's spectacular book – each one unique, breath-taking, a heartsong.
Portrait of BelfastPortrait of Belfast - £14.99
A superb collection of stunning images by Rachael Craven evoking the character, heritage and contemporary excitement of Northern Ireland’s capital city.
Portrait of the Northern Ireland CoastPortrait of the Northern Ireland Coast - £14.99
From beautiful golden strands to imposing sea cliffs and from quiet coves to busy ports, the diversity of the Northern Irish coastline is matched only by the variety of people who enjoy it and live on it. The images by Simon Watterson here explore this valuable natural resource that, in a very real sense, sustains our lives in this ancient and modern land.
Portrait of ArmaghPortrait of Armagh - £14.99
The smallest of Northern Ireland's counties, Armagh is a county of contrasts. From the geological landscape of Slieve Gullion in the south to the low lying drumlins in the north; from hill farms to apple orchards; from ancient megalithic tombs to modern architecture. All this and more is featured in over 140 glorious images by expert photographer Darren McLoughlin.
Portrait of County DownPortrait of County Down - £14.99
Join local landscape photographer Simon Brown on a journey around his beloved home county as he reveals the alluring landscapes of Down in all their splendour. Visiting the enchanting harbours, wondrous woodlands, luscious landscapes and mysterious megalithic monuments that make this area such a unique place,
A Boot Up The Mourne MountainsA Boot Up The Mourne Mountains - £4.99
This guide by Steven Hanna, tough yet small enough to slip into your pocket, is packed with colour photographs and explanatory notes about places of interest along the way, and is the perfect walking companion. Don’t head into the Mournes without it!
Spirit of the Causeway CoastSpirit of the Causeway Coast - £4.99
Local photographer Rachael Craven captures both the beauty and the spirit of this heritage coast, neatly condensed into this pocket-sized 64 page memento, packed with colour photographs.
Sky High Northern IrelandSky High Northern Ireland - £4.99
Seen from above, Northern Ireland’s many glories are revealed in fascinating detail by the Skyworks team – its gentle hills, dramatic cliffs, ancient towns and vibrant industry, where the mystic past mixes with the absolutely contemporary to produce a remarkably diverse and endlessly fascinating landscape.
Web Price: £14.99
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