Mizen Mining

Mizen Mining Through the Ages

Published by Mizen Gate Tourism, written and compiled by Eugene McSweeny and funded by the Ballydehob Community Council this leaflet is a great companion for any history buff visiting the area.

“It is strange, but true to say, that the first Peelers (County Constabulary) were in Ballydehob six years before a police force appeared in central London. The reason behind their very early appearance here is due to a request from Lord Audley whose mine in Cappagh, south of Ballydehob, was damaged by workers after a new machine was introduced to make the mine more economical…” Excerpt from the Mizen Mining Brochure


This is an information leaflet only. Most old mines are on private land and are dangerous. Ground can collapse and open shafts may be hidden and flooded. Do not enter old workings without permission and guidance!

Leaflet available at the Bank House in Ballydehob and other nearby Visitor Centres.


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Ballydehob, the Gateway to the Mizen Peninsula in West Cork is the best of many worlds. It's rural charms, rich heritage and natural beauty epitomise the traditional Ireland that visitors love so much. It is also unabashedly and confoundingly modern in its diversity of people and trade. The area is well known for its artists, writers and alternative types. Now it is home to a growing number of innovators and trend setters, some who found it and couldn't leave, many who left and came back, and mostly those who held down the fort for the rest of us. Our home is rich in tradition, culture, music and craft nestled on Roaringwater Bay along the Wild Atlantic Way. Have we got a story for you! Pull up a stool.

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