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Allihies, Beara peninsula, County Cork, Munster
Allihies, a coastal village on the Beara Peninsula in the west of County Cork, is also known as Cluin.
It was a copper-mining area until 1862, when the mine closed because of a fall in the worldwide price of copper, resulting in large-scale emigration, primarily to the mining town of Butte, Montana, in the United States, where many people still trace their ancestry back to Allihies.
A mining museum is housed in the chapel built by Cornish miners in 1845.
SOURCE: Holger Leue 2003, courtesy of Tourism Ireland
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