Slieveardagh Miners Reunion - A Great Success

The Old School in The Commons was a hive of activity last Thursday night when a get-together was held to honour the miners of Slieveardagh.

The Old School in The Commons was a hive of activity last Thursday night when a get-together was held to honour the miners of Slieveardagh.

With over a hundred people attending on the night, this was the most successful get-together yet that the mining community of Slieveardagh has had. The men were delighted to be able to meet up with old friends and take a trip back down the mines.

Mining goes back over 400 years in the area so there is a steep heritage in the community and surrounding parishes. Many people travelled a long journey to attend the occasion, especially Billy O’Brien who travelled from London. Billy is cousin of the late Tommy O’Brien, owner of Ballingarry Collieries for many years.

Also present was Kelvin O’Brien, (son of Terry) and nephew of Tommy O’Brien. Kelvin was delighted to see the Old School restored as he was a pupil there during the 1950’s.

Photo shows former miner and Chairperson of the organising Committee, Michael Kavanagh, The Commons, making a special presentation to Wally Mackey. The Trophy depicts mining in the area.

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