An uphill walk to a deadly beauty spot
Published September 20, 2006 | by: Huib Zegers
When you are travelling on the N11 near Loughlinstown or on the DART between Killiney and Shankhill and you look to the west, you'll see on the slope of the nearest hill an intriguing edifice. It's not a monolithic monument, as many people assume, nor is it a part of a medieval stronghold, as others tend to think. This landmark is a chimney, built in 1805, as part of the Ballycorus smelting works and is regarded as a fine example of the Irish industrial heritage.
When the Ballycorus smelting works were established there was sufficient ore found on the spot, supplemented by that taken from the company's mines at Glendalough, to keep a large staff of workmen constantly employed.
Some fifty years later the mine was all but exhausted and all ore had to be brought in by cart. The ore was smelted and converted into ingots, the silver separated and refined, and litharge, red lead and shot manufactured.
The flue, which was remodelled and extended around 1850, at the cost of about £10,000, was a unique structure in Ireland. It is stated to have been one of the best constructed of its kind on the British isles.
Discription of walk to be published soon.