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Glengowla lead mine near Oughterard, County Galway in Ireland started in 1851 and mining was suspended in 1865.

During that short 14 year period, "160 square fathoms" was stoped to produce 390 tonnes of lead containing 28kg of silver.

Today the mine is rich in what was left behind by the miners.

The Geoghegan family have put in a an amazing amount of time and effort to re-open the mine and make it safe for visitors once again to explore this fascinating site.

This DVD is a completely new production replacing the one we made after our first visit in 1997.

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Visitors enjoying an underground tour

The main feature is an underground tour guided by Keith Geoghegan followed by exploration down to water level to see the glittering crystalline mineralisation. Extra chapters include an illustrated talk by Dr. Matthew Parkes, Dr. Martin Feely of NUI Galway describing the geology, and a visit to the mine museum with Paddy Geoghegan.

For more information on the mine see the Glengowla Site Feature.

Glengowla DVD case

The images on this page are taken from the video.


  • Written by Peter Eggleston
  • Irish grid reference M 086 417
  • 16:9 widescreen (anamorphic)
  • © IAR 2009
  • £13.45 - DVD
  • Running time: 36 mins.
  • Price includes worldwide delivery.
  • ' PAL' and 'NTSC' versions available.

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