The Mining Heritage of the Copper Coast
31st May 2008
At the centre of the Copper Coast in County Waterford lie the 19th century mines of Bunmahon-Knockmahon-Tankardstown. The copper mines thrived from 1825 to 1875 before closing down, devastating the area.Most of the mining families headed into the unknown and were directed to the Copper Country of Michigan's Kewenaaw Peninsula and later to Butte, Montana.
Meet Bruce MacDonald at 3pm in Tankardstown (Mining complex restored by Copper Coast Geopark, with car park, benches and interpretation panels) for the full story and a walk around the ruins.