History Glengowla Mines and working farm are steeped in history, old cuttings from well before the mine opened in 1850 dot the landscape, in those days Monks often put valuable covers on their books and manuscripts and the silver and other precious metals found here were sought after. The first miners at Glengowla were the Hodgsons from Gortevagh. Book Covers Book covers were often made of metal and decorated with valuables such as jewels. The monks also paid silversmiths to make gold and silver chalices. An example of these chalices is the Ardagh Chalice, which you can see in the National Museum in Dublin. The Ardagh Chalice was made in the eight century AD.   Ireland Ireland is the biggest miner of lead in Europe and along with the lead found at Glengowla when mining started there were large marble chambers and caverns studded with lead and silver pyrite and veins of calcite and quartz in addition to other precious materials. The Mine The mine is noted for its rare and beautiful octahedral crystals of fluorite and quartz.In the Natural History Museum in London there is a piece of fluorite, pale green octahedron 7cm. across with calcite, galena and pyrite from Glengowla on display. The Geoghegan Family When the mines present owner, Keith Geoghegan’s great great grandfather took up residency at Glengowla as a herdsman looking after cattle on the high hills, finding any valuables, for example a chalice, and not giving it straight to the O Flaherty landlord would result in serious trouble, probably hanging, but that’s another story for another day. The Geoghegan family became the first owners of Glengowla after Independence and it was probably due to the Great Famine that mining started in 1850. The pictures on this page are some of the many that can be seen in the Museum along with relics dug up during excavation of the mine.
Tel:+353 (0)91 552 021  +353(0)87 252 9850  
Glengowla Mines all rights reserved.
Glengowla Mines and Working farm
Adults  10.50  Children  4.50  Students  9.50  Family  27
History Glengowla Mines and working farm are steeped in history, old cuttings from well before the mine opened in 1850 dot the landscape, in those days Monks often put valuable covers on their books and manuscripts and the silver and other precious metals found here were sought after. The first miners at Glengowla were the Hodgsons from Gortevagh. Book Covers Book covers were often made of metal and decorated with valuables such as jewels. The monks also paid silversmiths to make gold and silver chalices. An example of these chalices is the Ardagh Chalice, which you can see in the National Museum in Dublin. The Ardagh Chalice was made in the eight century AD.   Ireland Ireland is the biggest miner of lead in Europe and along with the lead found at Glengowla when mining started there were large marble chambers and caverns studded with lead and silver pyrite and veins of calcite and quartz in addition to other precious materials. The Mine The mine is noted for its rare and beautiful octahedral crystals of fluorite and quartz.In the Natural History Museum in London there is a piece of fluorite, pale green octahedron 7cm. across with calcite, galena and pyrite from Glengowla on display. The Geoghegan Family When the mines present owner, Keith Geoghegan’s great great grandfather took up residency at Glengowla as a herdsman looking after cattle on the high hills, finding any valuables, for example a chalice, and not giving it straight to the O Flaherty landlord would result in serious trouble, probably hanging, but that’s another story for another day. The Geoghegan family became the first owners of Glengowla after Independence and it was probably due to the Great Famine that mining started in 1850. The pictures on this page are some of the many that can be seen in the Museum along with relics dug up during excavation of the mine.
Tel:+353 (0)91 552 021  +353(0)87 252 9850  
Glengowla Mines all rights reserved.
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Adults  10.50  Children  4.50  Students  9.50  Family  27
We are open daily 1000 till 1800 with the last tour at 1700