Heritage Week Events of the Past Revisited ... 2007

The Glendalough Mining Heritage Project – the forerunner of the Glens of Lead – was formed in 2005 with the aim of preserving and highlighting the rich mining heritage of the Glendalough area.

The first initiative of the committee was to capture on tape the memories and accounts of the former miners who worked in the Glendasan Mines – St Kevin’s Lead and Zinc Mines – in the 1950s. This resulted in the production of a video entitled The Life and Times of the Glendalough Mines which can be viewed by following this link.

The next initiative by the committee was to hold a one day seminar on the mining heritage of the Glendalough and Glendasan Valleys during Heritage Week 2007 in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh. Talks were given in the morning by Rob Goodbody, Dr Martin Critchley and Joan Kavanagh. Former miner and President of the Glendalough Mining Heritage Project spoke about some of the artifacts which he had brought with him such as a mining bogey, miner’s lamp and pieces of granite showing the lead deposits. A field trip led by Dr Martin Critchley took place in the afternoon to the Miners’ Village at the Upper Lake, Glendalough and Van Diemen’s Land mine, via the Zig Zag trail.

Glendalough Mining Heritage Project Committee members 2007:

Pat Casey, Chairman, Robert Carter, President, Anne Savage, Decretary, John Conway, Liam Conway, Seamus Conway, Colm Driver, Finian McEvoy, Anne Kavanagh, Joan Kavanagh, Zef Klinkerbergh and Toss O’Toole.

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