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    NI Environment Week – Benburb Castle

    Saturday 9th September
    Benburb Castle
    Free

    NI Environment Week – Picnic with nature at Creggan Country Park

    Saturday 9th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – The Park After Dark – Creggan Country Park

    Saturday 9th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – Walk on the wild side – Creggan Country Park

    Saturday 9th September
    Creggan Country Park

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    NI Environment Week – Brexit: The Future of the Environment in NI

    Monday 11th September
    Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
    Free

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    NI Environment Week – Batty about bats!

    Wednesday 13th September
    Rathfern Community Centre, Knockenagh Avenue, Carnmoney

    NI Environment Week – Get your hands dirty!

    Thursday 14th September
    Various
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    NI Environment Week – Creggan Heritage Trail for 50+ groups

    Thursday 14th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – Power from the Planet – Creggan Country Park

    Friday 15th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – Food from the Hills, Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre

    Saturday 16th September
    Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre
    £5 per person (Belfast Hills Friends discounted rate of £3)

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    Volunteers repair ancient site 19 May 2015

    Slieve Gullion: Volunteers help repair ancient cairn

     

    Guillion

     

    A group of volunteers has helped to repair a 5,000–year–old burial cairn on one of Northern Ireland’s most significant mountains.

    Around 30 of them trekked to the top of Slieve Gullion in south Armagh at the weekend to carry out the work, under the supervision of an archaeologist.

    They helped to fix damage done to the huge passage grave by the weather and increasing numbers of hill walkers.

    Stones had become dislodged from the top of the ancient cairn.

    As a result, the entrance to the site was in danger of being blocked.

    The burial chamber is lined up to illuminate with the light from the setting sun of the winter solstice on 21 December every year.

    Archaeologist Martin Keery, who oversaw the work, said the Slieve Gullion passage grave was one of 190 “state–care” sites in Northern Ireland.

    He praised the enthusiasm of the volunteers who climbed the mountain to help repair what is Ireland’s highest passage grave.

    “This is the highest mountain in this area, so this would have been a prestigious site,” Mr Keery said.

    He said its prominence and size meant the burial chamber would have been used for the cremation of important figures of the period.

    The work was organised by the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership which was established to conserve and promote the environment in the area.

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