New Crusher Building, Glenmalure County Wicklow
Ireland’s industrial heritage is represented in the Adopt a Monument Scheme by a community from the picturesque Glenmalure County Wicklow, who applied to adopt the large nineteenth century ore crusher building at Baravore. It stands as a testament to the hard working miners and entrepreneurial pioneers who sought to delve into the rich natural resources that lay hidden in the valleys.
In 2016, The Adopt a Monument Scheme helped the community group to liaise with the landowners; Coillte (Irish Forestry Commission) and Wicklow County Council to help to conserve and record the building and mining complex. Funding was secured by Coilte and Wicklow County Council to conserve the crusher building and that work was completed in November 2016.
A very successful information and storytelling evening was held in Glenmalure County Wicklow, where over 50 people from the locality came along to share stories about life in the valley in the past.
The group will turn their attention in 2017, to the older, more fragile Crusher Building that was badly damaged in recent winter storms. They hope to continue working with Coillte and Wicklow County Council to carry out conservation works on that building and to open up more publically accessible walks around the mining complex.