Introducing this website

The Life and Times of the Glendalough Mines - an introduction

This website is a record of the rich history of the mining heritage of the three valleys, Glendasan, Glendalough and Glenmalure, Co Wicklow and the people who worked in the mines. Here you can browse through photos, memories, stories and historical information related to these beautiful landscapes which have a rich industrial past.

About us

This website has been created and managed by a group of volunteers, Glens of Lead, supported by Wicklow County Council and the National Museum of Ireland. Interested in promoting research into the unique mining and social history of the three valleys we record and present that unique history through a variety of media to engender an interest, pride and understanding of this heritage for both residents and tourists to Co Wicklow. We’re always interested in new recruits and to hear from those whose ancestors worked in the mines so if you’re interested please contact us.

Glens of Lead is a member of the Irish Community Archive Network.


Contributing to the site

We are very interested in making connections with other mining heritage communities across the world.

You can add a comment about anything on the website by clicking on the ‘Add a comment’ link at the bottom of each page. You can also submit your own photos, stories or information to the site by using our┬ácontribution form.

Comments about this page

  • Thank you Deirdre for your very kind words. Much appreciated. It has been very much a collaborative affair over a number of years with many people contributing their knowledge, expertise and time.

    By Joan Kavanagh (09/07/2020)
  • Well done Glens of Lead on developing this excellent resource to document and share an aspect of Wicklow’s heritage which could otherwise have been overlooked. Keep up the good work!

    By Deirdre Burns (09/07/2020)

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