Allihies Copper Mine Museum, Allihies

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The Allihies Copper Mine Museum or ACMM 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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  • We enjoyed a visit here as part of a clan gathering. It is well laid out and has lots of great displays of the history of mining in the area. The discussion of the history of mining in the area was ve...  read more »
  • Nice cafe and museum. I'm a museum professional so am trying hard to not be overly critical as it really is a great little museum which tells the story of the copper industry in this remote part of Ir...  read more »
  • In just one hour you can see everything related to these mines that were a very important part of the industrial revolution. It is praise the effort made by the inhabitants of this small town for keeping its history alive. Highly recommended.
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  • Its a very small village museum that tells you the history of the copper mines. Best part are the view from the coffee shop and the food.
  • Great cafe and great musuem
  • A small very nice Museum on the Alihies copper mine, but also on the living conditions of minors. A very good home. The visit is necessary before mounting see "man engine".
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