Wicklow's Mining Heritage
County Wicklow has a long and rich heritage of mining, starting as early as the Bronze Age and continuing until relatively recently.
This mining was principally for copper, lead as well as lesser amounts of sulphur, iron, ochre, gold, silver and zinc. The main areas of mining activity were the Avoca Valley, Glendalough and Glendasan Valleys and in Glenmalure. This rich history is examined in a publication Exploring the Mining Heritage of County Wicklow.
The production of the publication was co-ordinated by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council in 2008 in partnership with local and national mining heritage interest groups, Coillte and Wickow Mountains National Park. It is based on contributions from the following; Dr. Martin Critchley (Editor), Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland, Marie Merrigan (Avoca), Celtic Copper Heritage, Avoca, Joan Kavanagh (Glendalough/Glendasan), Glendalough Mining Heritage Project Committee Dr. John Morris (Glenmalure), Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland and Dr. Peadar McArdle (Geology), Geological Survey of Ireland.
The Glens of Lead committee is grateful to Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council for permission to upload chapters on the mining heritage of the three valleys of Glendasan, Glendalough and Glenmalure from its publication Exploring the Mining Heritage of County Wicklow.