Coal mining heritage in the Slieveardagh Hills will be commemorated in a Tipperary Heritage Week event at Copper Steeple (R691/Coalbrook road) on Sunday 20th August 2023 at 2pm.
A memorial to the miners of the Slieveardagh Hills will be unveiled. The occasion will give opportunity for members of the mining families past and present, and the general public to remember or discover more about the mining heritage of the area. All are welcome to attend, dress for the weather on the day.
'Copper Steeple is the beacon of our coal mining Heritage; where underground miners dug in search of coal, and all to keep the home fires burning'
This event also marks the 160th anniversary of the construction of Copper Steeple, built by local brothers ‘Kennys the Masons’ from Curraheenduff. Copper Steeple, is named for the townland Copper that it stands on. It was built as a chimney or ventilation shaft, but was never connected underground, possibly because the shaft boring equipment never arrived due to the ship it was being transported on sinking enroute, or possibly because mining had moved on to another location in the coalfield by the time the chimney was complete.
Copper Steeple is the landmark structure of the Slieveardagh Hills and has endured long after mining activity has ended. Come along on Sunday 20th August and help commemorate our mining heritage.