Try­ing to turn for­mer lead mine into tourism gold mine

August 2005

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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