Trying to turn former lead mine into tourism gold mine
FORMER lead mine workers gathered at Lynham’s hotel in Laragh, to discuss how their old work place in Glendalough could be opened up again as a tourist attraction. David Medcalf reports.
There’s lead in them thar hills. The beautiful glen of the two lakes (Glendalough) may be renowned above all for its scenery and its saintly associations but the slopes around here and the neighbouring Glendasan are more than merely lovely.
The rock formations of the glens are rich in minerals and it is not so very long ago that men were employed to bring out the lead - and a little zinc too - to the surface.
Last week, some of those men gathered at Lynham’s hotel in Laragh, to discuss how their old work place could be opened up once more as Glendalough seeks to mine tourism, rather than metals.
The meeting, which also attracted a scattering of other local residents with an interest in promoting the glories of central Wicklow, was but a first step.
The old mines are in a sorry state at the moment. The tunnels under the hills are largely flooded and choked in places with mud. Still, they have not gone away.