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Allihies to Bunmahon Miners Trail

Annual community challenge and charity walk

In the footsteps of our copper mining ancestors

An 8 day 250 Kilometre walk across southern Ireland

From West Cork to Waterford’s Copper Coast

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Since its inception in 2011 many adventures were had and new friendship formed along the walk from A to B. Now in its 5th year the walk has grown and evolved into a family and community tradition and is now known as the Allihies to Bunmahon Miners Trail, paying tribute to the copper miners and their families from the 1800’s who’s plight insipred our event. Folklore and Sean-nos kept the memory of their journey alive in the hearts of the villagers from both Allihies in West Cork and Bunmahon on Waterford’s copper coast for years, now you can take a step in their shoes and help to pass stories old and new onto the next generation. The dates for the 2015 Miners Trail are August 15th to August 22nd, mark the dates in your diary, and come out and Join us, for mile, a day, or the whole 250 kilometers. The search for work forced entire families to leave the Beara peninsula when the copper ore ran out, traveling on foot eastward to the Deise county. The miners of old couldn’t have completed the journey without the kindness of strangers, get involved in a support capacity or sponsor a walker if you prefer. Funds raised each year are used for comunity causes.

The 2015 Allihies to Bunmahon Miners Trail Route and schedule

Day 1. Saturday 15th of August  –  Allihies to Adrigole via Castletownbare

Day 2. Sunday 16th of August  –  Adrigole to Pearson’s Bridge via Glengarriff

Day 3. Monday 17th of August  –  Pearson’s Bridge to Coppeen

Day 4. Tuesday 18th of August  –  Coppeen to Kilumney

Day 5. Wednesday 19th of August  –  Kilumney to Glounthane via Cork City

Day 6. Thursday 20th of August  –  Glounthane to Youghal via Mogeely

Day 7. Friday 21st of August  –  Youghal to Dungarvan via Clashmore

Day 8. Saturday 22nd of August  –  Dungarvan to Bonmahon via Stradbally

The Walkers will leave the Allihies Copper Mine Museum in West Cork on Saturday 15th August at 9am and are due to arrive at the Tankardstown Engine House in Bunmahon at 3pm (approx) the following Saturday August 22nd  2015.

 

(Locations are subject to change)