Ex-miner to give free guided tour of former Deerpark colliery site

Ex-miner to give free guided tour of former Deerpark colliery site

Heritage Week 2016 runs with the theme ‘People and Place’ from August 20-28, with many events planned throughout Kilkenny.

Castlecomer Discovery Park has organised the now annual Heritage Week guided tour of the former Deerpark Colliery site with ex-miner Seamus Walsh on Tuesday, August 23.

Through stories and poems, Seamus gives a fascinating insight into the lives of the miners. Follow him back in time to the mouth of the tunnel as you see and hear about the Deerpark Colliery, the most productive coal mine in Ireland in its time.

Participants meet in Castlecomer Discovery Park’s Visitor Centre at 10.30am before driving out to Deerpark (own transport required). Rainwear and sturdy footwear are advised. Guided tour is free but booking is recommended (Tel: 056-4440707).

“Heritage Week is a great opportunity to promote awareness of our built and cultural heritage and to remind locals and visitors alike of the rich industrial heritage from the coal-mining era here in North Kilkenny,” says Nichola Salmon, Education Officer at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

“Seamus has a unique way of recalling his time in the mines and his tour is sure to captivate young and old.”

Following the tour, Castlecomer Discovery Park’s interactive coal-mining museum will be available complimentary to all until 4pm where visitors can hear about the formation of the coal 320 million years ago, the significant amphibian fossils found in the Jarrow coal seam and the memories of the miners themselves.