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.
Choughs Allihies Mines a protected bird which is known as the friendly crow rearing their chicks mainly on sea cliff areas but also in the mine shafts of the old Copper Mines of Allihies on the Beara Peninsula. Recently I was contacted by Carol who used to work at the museum. She was keen to do a one hour survey of the comings and goings of the birds as part of a statistical survey for Ireland. Nationally these birds have been declining so it is important to keep up the counting of them to see how they are doing. We spent a nice afternoon counting birds in and out of the shafts and seeing if they were carrying food or cleaning out nests. We did not see any chicks but they can be heard screeching for food fairly easily. Very worthwhile thing to do.
Choughs Allihies Mines
Coming up soon, if anyone is interested is a free one day course to be held locally on identifying butterfly’s. You do not need to be an expert as this course will show you all you need to know if interested feel free to email Carol here. Dates to be confirmed.
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.
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…