North Engine, or going out to have a look for what is left of the North Engine. Had a talk with another Friend of Allihies Mines who was telling me that the North Engine just above the Man Engine was the first engine to have been built. I had seen a 1950′s photo of it and had no recollection of the building in my younger years as a visitor to Allihies. So I decided to go for a walk up to it to see what was left. When Deccie and myself got there of course I realised that I had seen it before. However seeing it now after seeing a photograph of it in the 1950′s added a bit of extra interest to it. The North engine was apparently only for pumping the water out of the mine. When the Man Engine was built it did a lot more. Lifting the ore, transporting the men etc.
Also got some extra views out to sea and over towards the Caminches and Coom mine sites too.
General view from below the mines, the Man Engine is above
The Man Engine, in the reservoir below is a horseshoe shaped wall to filter the water
The remains of the North Engine
North engine remains and the original open cast.
Man Engine looking out towards the Dursey Island in the distance
Looking towards Reentrisk, down by the sea the first mine Dooneen
Coom is the furthest away and Caminches engines
Is spring here
There is another report about mine stuff here, the port area (coast guard) down beyond Balydonegan beach.
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Allihies mine port, down beyond the strand at Balydonegan. On Anthony’s point is the remains of the coastguard buildings that I believe were installed to protect the interest of the copper mines. Where the ore was stored before being transported onto Dunboy castle and then Wales. Since the recent storms there has been some erosion and traces of walls and cobbled flooring is visible in a way that was not so evident before. Deccie and myself had a look around and took a few photos before continuing around the point for a walk. I did not photograph it, but have done so before (here), but on the actual strand the original pier is very visible. We wonder if it will last now that it has been uncovered of sand…
Allihies Mine Port
Wall much more visible than before
Cobble stone layer which would have been the walking level before
Cobble stone flooring
Walking out towards the sea, evidence of fixing
hole boring, probably for wooden posts
Anomalous stone group – On low mound in boggy ground overlooking sea. Group of nine partially embedded stones,…
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Cork Storm again and again, unrelenting storms hitting the coast of Ireland since Christmas, this one seems to be the worst yet with a recorded 98 miles per hour wind speed. All of the fishing vessels are hiding in Bantry bay to avoid the terrible weather. The ESB are dealing with tens of thousands of outages across the country and Munster is receiving its worst weather in over twenty years. Trees are down on the road around Dunboy and bits of debris are sliding along the roads. Neil is hoping that the power cuts will happen again tomorrow so he can get a day off school….
This was typed 24 hours ago, we had a power cut of 22 hours and the total numbers affected came to 250000…
Wind spraying water off of the surface in the harbour at Castletownbere.
Trawlers “parked up”
Tree down at Dunboy
Raging sea at Balydonegan Strand
Martin and Tara’s place
More damage with 160 KMH winds
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