Allihies, meaning “the cliff fields”, is the last village at the tip of the beautiful Beara peninsula.
Copper was mined in the hill behind the village between 1812 and 1884.
At the height of its operations, over one thousand people worked there. The remains of the steam engine buildings also dot the hillside.
The beautiful white sandy beach located below the village came from the crushings of the quartz rock from which the copper ore was extracted.
Allihies Copper Mine Museum, situated in a chapel built by Cornish miners, tells the story of how the copper mining industry changed the land and people of Allihies at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
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