Allihies Gorse Fire, coming home from Castletownbere and passing over Barnes gap to the surprise view of a fire on the hills over Allihies. I was late for a dinner invitation so quickly took a few shots and then went out again after dinner for some more shots from near the near the “Man Engine” of the old copper mines. Very impressive sight.
The fire brigade came out from town and had it out very quickly in what seemed to be very difficult terrain, fair play to the team.
Allihies Gorse Fire
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Went out the following day and just took three photos of the leftovers.
Castletownbere Patricks day celebrations were a great success today with many people out to take part in the St. Patrick’s day parade. The weather stayed good but it was a bit chilly after a while. Some great costumes and floats were on show. Plenty of people having fun in the streets of Castletownbere.
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Castletownbere Patricks day
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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.
There is another report about mine stuff here, the port area (coast guard) down beyond Balydonegan beach.