Allihies Copper Mine Museum, Allihies

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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  • This place tells an very interesting story about local mining and miners. I would highly recommend. Great cofee.  more »
  • A model for how these things should be done: this was informative, very well displayed - and a perfect choice for a very wet afternoon. CafĂ© pretty good too.  more »
  • A really beautiful restoration and change of use for the old Methodist chapel in Allihies. The chapel was built for the spiritual needs of immigrant Cornish mine workers who worked these copper mines ...  more »
  • We had a wonderful trip to the museum followed by a lovely lunch which was a great oppertunity to meet and talk to new people. The guided walk and history of the mines was very informative and interesting despite the weather! The complementary Irish coffee was a wonderful example of Irish hospatility. Thank you for a memorable event.
  • Great little village. Completely unspoiled. Fabulous beach. Good pubs. And the copper mine workings are stunning.
  • West coast views , excellent breakfast , good value helpings, in a fabulous area of South Ireland. Lovely people .
  • Wow! This place is amazing! What a fantastic idea to take an old ruined church & convert it into a Copper Mine Museum to tell the poignant stories of the Ancestors of the village of Allihies. There were 2 excellent Art Exhibitions & a small gift section with crafting & copper jewellery by local artists Nadette & Nealie. And the food! We met chef Sykoni whose delicious delights were scrumptious. She also does a Seaweed Walk regularly which was fascinating & so informative -a born teacher. Young Lilly, Lucy & Sarah, local school girls who work there were so helpful & full of information. I highly recommend this gem of a cafe with outdoor seating by a lovely garden too.
  • Beautiful food and helpful and friendly staff. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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