RTE’s award-winning heritage series Building Ireland, which chronicles the engineering, geography and architecture behind some of Ireland’s most iconic building projects returns, returns to screens on April 16, with an episode on the construction of Dublin Airport’s terminal building. West Cork features in episode 3, which examines the Beara Peninsula’s copper-mining heritage.
The episode focuses on the Allihies copper mines. Presenter Susan Hegarty explores the unique geology of the region, which once sustained the largest copper deposit in Europe, employing 1,600 miners. The programme also examine the ruins of the iconic steam engine houses, and the the restoration of Puxley Manor as it nears completion.
BUILDING IRELAND Programme 3: Copper mining the Beara Peninsula – 30/04/2020 at 8pm on RTÉ One.