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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.

Reconstructed horse whim 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.

DVD Part 1 - 'Tom Puddings'

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.

An introduction to Glengowla Silver-Lead Mine

This short video introduction to the mine uses excerpts from the "Glengowla" DVD - it is NOT the full production.

Panning for gold Glengowla mine, set in the wild and beautiful scenery of Connemara is open to the public.

There are underground tours and surface displays and it is well worth a visit.

You can even try panning for gold!

Open daily 18th March - 31st October, 10:00-18:00, last tour 17:00
(Mine open outside these dates by prior arrangement only).


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

Mine Location:

Glengowla, Glengowla East, Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland

Irish grid reference: M 086 417.

GPS coordinates: N 53.4181   W 9.3732

Glengowla DVD case


  • Written by Peter Eggleston
  • 16:9 widescreen (anamorphic)
  • Running time: 36 mins.
  • £13.45 - DVD
  • Price includes worldwide delivery.
  • ' PAL' and 'NTSC' versions available.


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