Nua Photography - Pictures of Ireland | Photos of County Down | Spelga Dam

Photo Info

Dimensions3570 x 5355
Original file size8.36 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken17-Feb-13 12:44
Date modified17-Feb-13 22:16
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal length16 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/1000 at f/9
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Spelga Dam

Spelga Dam

Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains of County Down, Northern Ireland.

Spelga Dam sits at over 1,200 ft (370 m) above sea level.
The reservoir and dam were built as part of a project that had origins in the idea of supplying water to Belfast, in 1894. The Spelga Reservoir itself was developed between 1953 and 1957.

The Portadown and Banbridge areas receive their water supply from it.

Building started in 1953, and ran into problems. They realised as they poured the heavy concrete foundations that the dam was sinking, it was found that it was as much as 40 metres to the actual bedrock. They had started building on large boulders.[The Dam was designed by the Belfast engineering firm of R. Ferguson and S. McIlveen and construction was undertaken by the Laing Group (now Laing O Rourke).[4]