Category Archives: Allihies Mines

anything to do with the Allihies copper mines on the Beara peninsula, West Cork, Ireland, 19th century mines that reopened for a short while in the 1950’s. Here lots of photos and photography of the mines.

Dooneen Mine Allihies

Our Beara 3K a day walk took us on a return trip to Dooneen. Which was the first place where Copper was extracted in the 19th Century. The initial adit went in from the sea shore and is still visible today, it actually goes through to the beach on the other side, however it is now blocked…. The Dooneen mine later had an engine pump house built, as it was always full of water. The mine never made a profit and was closed down. The engine house was demolished and the stone was used to build a local house.
There are some beautiful rocks and cliffs down there, amazing.
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Another film of the area from above

Dooneen Mine Allihies

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Beara 3K a day walk 9

Today we walked up through the Mines area of Allihies. Up the pig track seeing remains of old houses, even only a fireplace, now in a wall of a field. Engravings possibly left behind by an apprentice next to drill holes and bolts. Then further up on the mines road until we kept straight on up the hill when the road goes to it’s right. At this point there is a dug out area where in the mining days the water could be turned from one channel to another depending on where the water was needed. Further on we come to an old dam wall, but it no longer holds the water.
We then rejoined the mine road and came back down it until a path which goes through to the Man engine where there are a few choughs. Crow like birds with red beaks. Rare in the UK but fairly common around the cliffs and mine shafts of Allihies.
Enjoy the walk.

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Beara 3K a day walk 9

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