Mary Kelly - November '05
It would be wonderful if a booklet could be produced for primary
school children in the area to learn about the building of
the tunnel and the provision of the water supply. It would
be an excellent contribution to local history and to geography
and science for the children's curriculum.
It is only after having read the items available on the website
that I, as a teacher, realised the amount of potential history
teaching on our doorstep concerning water and its supply.
I have had the privilege of being involved in the Aquarius
Project with the children in my school and already have covered
quite a lot of work on our local area, but this is tremendous.
The preparation and production of the articles is excellent!
Colin McCartan - August '05
Does anyone have any photos / info. of James McCartan ( Atticall
) who worked on the tunnel and I also think at Dunnywater.
Josephine Noonan (daughter) - September
My father Michael Sexton (Mickey) worked on this Tunnell in
1950 does anyone remember him or is he in the photograph of
the Tunnellers in your article?.
I would appreciate any information or confirmation of the
My father passed away in 1996, my mother is still alive and
well and is very interested in knowing if my father is in
Chris Wylie - April 2004
Having been through the tunnel several times myself I have
to say that it is magnificant and I have to take my hat off
to all involved in its construction.
Myself and a group of friends came across both ends of the
tunnel on several days walking in the Mournes and being the
adventurous type we decided to go through the tunnel. We reckoned
that it would be most enjoyable if we were able to float through
rather than spend an hour or so splashing about and getting
soaked. We arrived at the tunnel with 4 rubber inflatable
dingys. I went in the first one and took all the rucksacks.
Luke and Jonny-Mark followed in the second and Ben came last
lying on top of 2 very small ones we had tied together.
After a lot of messing about and falling in we managed to
get sorted and floated off in complete silence down the tunnel.
As this was our first time through we were unsure of the layout
of the tunnel and every time we heard the water flow get louder
we stopped and had a look ahead. This was totally unnecessary
as the tunnel is totally straight and level except for a few
slightly steeper sections. The best bit was in the middle
when you could just make out the light from either end. From
time to time there were marks on the walls and you could see
the iron plugs they had used when filling the voids with concrete.
As we approached the end of the tunnel we got out of the boats
and walked the last bit again because we did not know what
the exit would be like. It would have been quite amusing for
any passers-by hearing voices coming from the tunnel and shortly
after seeing the 4 of us and our rubber dingys appearing blinking
into the daylight.
It was great fun going through the tunnel and we were really
impressed at how well it is made. The first section is all
concrete and quite boring. But after 100m or so it is just
a concrete base with block walls about 4 feet high, with the
sides and roof being the bare granite of the area. This added
to the feeling of awe.
The tunnel does not exit straight into Silent Valley. There
is a short section of "natural" river before a very large
pipe takes it under the road and into the reservoir. This
looked exactly like a water slide so I went down it into the
lake in the dingy and unfortunately tore it to shreds on some
rocks, thankfully I came off a bit better. We dried off and
cooked some dinner before returning via Ben Crom to the car
in Annalong car park.
The second time there was about 8 of us and we walked through
as we did not have enough boats. This was not as much fun.
The first mile of the tunnel is above head height but you
need a torch as there is a low arch strategically placed at
nose height which Ben walked into. He now has a crooked nose.
Judith his fiance fell over him in the dark and cracked her
forehead, with no lasting damage thankfully. That is about
the extent of our adventures in the tunnel.
Bernadette - 2003
Does anybody know anything about John Lorry who was one of
the bosses in the tunnel?
Read a response from Raymond McMurray