Dooneen Copper Mine on the Beara Peninsula near the picturesque village of Allihies. It was the first of the copper mines to open up in the area in the early 19th century. Here is a little video I made to practice my video making skills. Promoting Beara and getting people to make it as far as here….
Watch the short video about the Dooneen Copper Mine Below
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.
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…