Open Day at the Crusher House March 25th 2017

Heritage Officer, Deirdre Burns addressing visitors on the New Crusher House Open Day
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New Crusher House post consolidation works
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Internal consolidation work
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Carmel O'Toole giving the history of the New Crusher House, Open Day
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Kevin Carrigan explaining how the consolidation work was carried out on the New Crusher House
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Jim Byrne and Charles O'Byrne at the opening to the Deep Adit
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Opening to the Deep Adit, Baravore, Glenmalure
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Refreshments at An Óige Hostel
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Deputy Pat Casey discussing the work of the Glens of Lead group
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Following the consolidation work on the crusher house an open day was held on Saturday 25th March 2017.

Archaeologists Roisín Burke and Neil Jackman carried out a dig at the crusher house and organised an archaeological workshop for local children. Small fragments of slate from the roof were found. Accomplished stone mason Kevin Carrigan, who headed the building team who carried out the work gave a demonstration on the process of mixing lime mortar and its use in the consolidation of the building.

A reception followed in the local historic Baravore hostel hosted by the Friends of Glenmalure hostel and the Glenmalure PURE Mile group.

 Mining Looped Trail at Baravore

Coillte has since cleared the old zig zag mining trail up the mountainside, which passes the new crusher house and links up the mining adits of Baravore. (the Deep Adit behind the crusher house and Adits 4, 5 and 6). This gentle …km walk is known as the Mining Looped Trail and was officially opened by Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Food, Forestry, Food and Horticulture, on August 24th 2017. A lone piper led the assembled crowd along the new trail to the crusher house .This day of celebration, organised and hosted by the Glenmalure PURE Mile group, also saw the unveiling of the Glens of Lead Interpretative Panel for Baravore. Located at the entrance to the Looped Trail it shows an artist’s impression of the nineteenth mine site.

This day of celebration was attended by descendants of the Hempenstall and Harney families of Baravore, Also in attendance were representatives of Coillte, the Heritage Council, Wicklow Co. Council, Adopt a Monument Scheme, Friends of Glenmalure hostel and members of An Óige and many people from the local area.


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