Anywhere you travel in Ireland, you’ll see mile after mile of stone walls. These were constructed to serve 3 purposes: marking of property boundaries, shelter for animals in bad weather and, finally, to get rid of stones in the fields. These are always built without mortar and with small openings which allows the wind to blow through rather than knocking the wall down.
Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands, lies off the west coast of Ireland, is part of County Galway and measures 8 miles long by 2 miles wide (13 km x 3 km). There are more than 7000 MILES of stone walls on the island!
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