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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  • 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 »
  • Very interesting as my ancestors were copper miners in Butte MT and from Allihies. Lots of picures and historical information about the local mines.  more »
  • Stopped in here in Summer 2015. Museum itself is very educational. The restaurant itself was expensive, the food was nice but not worth what was being charged! I'd recommend the museum but for food I'...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great attraction with very knowledgeable tour available. Great collection of original artefacts. Explains the history of the mines very well.
  • An uncommon relic from the past tucked away in the heart of the Beara peninsula.
  • Nice museum of Irish mine history. Lovely cafe shop.
  • Very Interesting story of the area

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