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Photographic Record Of Irish Mine Sites


Over the past five decades The Pegasus have researched, explored and recorded mining heritage throughout Ireland. Photography is a specific, distinct method of conveying myriad surface and underground engineering achievements and the often frail, deteriorating personal items left behind by the miners. 

Issues surrounding successful illumination were once ever constant, not only ensuring the flash guns worked after an often lengthy, wet inward trip, but their ability to function throughout the project. Frustration experienced from condensation having formed within camera equipment following transportation through significant temperature differences would often result, at best, with time lost resolving the issue; at worst abandoning the project.

What may, initially be considered a reasonable trip by the photographer, could often be overshadowed by a creeping doubt; anxiety creating an unwelcome post-mortem later on in the bar as the evening progressed; whether the placing of the flash guns and/or choice of aperture were really enough to achieve “The Shot”? 

As such doubts persisted, tentative plans could be prepared to return if the resultant images were poor; genuine concern voiced whilst the exposed film was sent off for development. Only with its return could the images be critically assessed. If one, just one, image of the many submitted was successful, then and only then could the photographer be seen to relax; remarking, “That’s a good ‘un”.

Modern technology now allows the photographer the opportunity to immediately review the image just taken; exponentially increasing the chances of a successful project.

Sincere thanks are due to The Pegasus Members and Associates for permitting their cherished images to be displayed herein. Pleased be advised that ALL images are the copyright of the owner, as shown within the associated information tag, i.e.

©NB = Nigel Burns. ©CC = Cheg Chester. ©DG = David Gough.


This is an ongoing project and more counties will be covered as time permits


Recorded Sites by County / Area / Content


Ardclinis Iron Mine

Carrivemurphy trial adit

Carrivemurphy adit

North Star Colliery

Murlough Bay Upper Adit

Arched Mine


Toomullin Phosphate Mine

Doolin Flourspar Mine


Coom Mine

Caminches Mine

Mountain  Mine

Kealogue Mine

Dooneen Mine

Urhin Mine


Glandore Mine


Conlig & Whitespots Mine


Ballycorus Smeltmill


Shallee Mine



Baravore Mine




Ballygoneen Mine

Van Diemans Mine

Glendalough Mine

Fox Rock Mine

Old Hero Mine

Moll Doyle Mine

Ruplagh Mine

Old Luganure Mine


Tigroney Mine

Ballymurtagh Mine

East Avoca mine

Ballygahan Mine

Connary Mine

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