Welcome to the Glendalough Mining Heritage Project Website

The Glendalough Mining Heritage Project Committee was established in 2005. Its mission is to preserve and conserve the mining history and heritage of the Glendalough and Glendasan valleys where lead and zinc mining was carried out from the early 1800s up to 1957.

Glendalough is renowned for both its beautiful scenery and its association with St. Kevin. Over half a million tourists visit Glendalough each year. Although it is well known for its monastic ruins and breath-taking scenery few people realise that this ancient glacial valley also boasts a rich mining history.

In an exciting documentary DVD released in December 2006, many of the miners recall their memories of working in the mines. Featuring interviews with locals, a geology expert and a mining historian, the documentary presents a balanced view of the life and times of the Glendalough mines.