Allihies Copper Mine Museum, Allihies

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The Allihies Copper Mine Museum is a museum dedicated to the history of copper mining in the Allihies area in County Cork. It is situated within the Wild Atlantic Way.HistoryThe industrial mines in Allihies date back to 1812, when they were first opened by John Puxley. Mining activity reached its peak there in 1845, when the mines employed around 1600 people, after which the mines suffered with the local area during the Famine. The mines were operational until 1962, when they were finally closed. Large Cornish engine houses were constructed around the mining site, ruins of which survive today. These were used to pump out water to allow for deeper mining, and to transport miners and equipment down shafts that went below sea level. The site still contains a number of engine houses, mining shafts and a church. These were constructed by and for the Cornish miners who were brought to the area in the 1800s to mine copper ore. Once the mine became unprofitable, many of the miners emigrated to Butte, Montana.The museum is housed in a renovated Methodist church dating from 1845. It was officially opened by President Mary McAleese on 13 September 2007, after ten years of work by the Allihies Mines Co-op, a group that was formed to preserve the history of the area and mining heritage, supported by the Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland.
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  • August 10, 2017
    The information is very interesting to learn about the history and how important copper mining was. However, I would say it needs a bit of modernisation. Parts have been updated and others have not gi...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Worth a stop to learn more about the local history and realize how difficult life in this area was. Good information about the connections between Beara and Butte, MT.  more »
  • July 3, 2017
    We stopped on the recommendation of a fellow lunch diner. It was an interesting view of the copper mining history of the area. Kids didn't find it as interesting. Those folks had a harsh life.  more »
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  • June 5, 2017
    A nice spot for a break. Had a cup of tea and a stretch of the legs here. Bright and airy with a good menu.
  • May 17, 2017
    Great attraction with very knowledgeable tour available. Great collection of original artefacts. Explains the history of the mines very well.
  • June 22, 2017
    An uncommon relic from the past tucked away in the heart of the Beara peninsula.
  • May 11, 2017
    Nice museum of Irish mine history. Lovely cafe shop.
  • June 27, 2017
    Very Interesting story of the area

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