Building Ireland S3 Engineer Man Engine House Allihies Copper Mines 2

Delighted to part of an excellent team of researchers broadcasting the new series of Building Ireland. Building Ireland takes a historical look at how Ireland’s great building and engineering achievements came to be, and their impact on the social, cultural, and economic development of our towns and cities.

In the latest episode, (episode 3, series 3), we travel to the Beara Pennisula, one of the most remote parts of rural Ireland, to rediscover the extensive copper mines of Allihies. Together with Geographer Susan Hegarty and engineer Tim Joyce, we prise open the multiple engineering, geological and social dimensions of the rise and fall of copper mining in the region. Susan explores local geological features, Tim looks at the engineering feats supporting the industrialization of the mines, while I unpack local history and archives to explore the social and equity dimensions of the local community’s experiences of the new mining economy. The full episode can be watched here.