Allihies Copper Mine Museum, Allihies

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The Allihies Copper Mine Museum is a museum dedicated to the history of copper mining in the Allihies area in County Cork. It is situated within the Wild Atlantic Way.
The industrial mines in Allihies date back to 1812, when they were first opened by John Puxley. Mining activity reached its peak there in 1845, when the mines employed around 1600 people, after which the mines suffered with the local area during the Famine. The mines were operational until 1962, when they were finally closed. Large Cornish engine houses were constructed around the mining site, ruins of which survive today. These were used to pump out water to allow for deeper mining, and to transport miners and equipment down shafts that went below sea level. The site still contains a number of engine houses, mining shafts and a church. These were constructed by and for the Cornish miners who were brought to the area in the 1800s to mine copper ore. Once the mine became unprofitable, many of the miners emigrated to Butte, Montana.
The museum is housed in a renovated Methodist church dating from 1845. It was officially opened by President Mary McAleese on 13 September 2007, after ten years of work by the Allihies Mines Co-op, a group that was formed to preserve the history of the area and mining heritage, supported by the Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland.
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  • Great cafĂ© and with WIFI as signal is not strong in these areas. Love the brown bread and goats cheese salad....combined with helpful staff.  more »
  • The museum is small but informative. The start are very friendly and helpful. Cake is second to none.  more »
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  • The CAFE at the museum was very good. We had tea, scones, carrot cake, potato leek soup and brown bread. All were excellent. They serve sandwiches and salads, which we didn't try. The service is slow so take time. A very worthwhile stop in an area far from other options. We did not visit the museum.
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