‘Three Miles Over and Three Miles Down’ tells the rich history and heritage of the Castlecomer Mines in County Kilkenny, Ireland. In this series we will hear the history of mines and mining in the Castlecomer area of Kilkenny from prehistory to 1969, when the mines closed, ending centuries of iron and coal mining in the area and the surrounding Leinster coalfield.
In this programme we go over ground to hear about the lives of the miners and their families. We get a sense of how they spent their spare time and hear of the vital role that women played in the community.
Contributors include: Séamus Walsh, Larry Power, Franke Mealy, Seán Mansfield, Nancy Geoghegan, Mai Dormer, Peter Kealy, Timmy Wilson, Mick Brennan-Roe, John Coffey, Séamus O’Connor, Maire Downey, Theresa Farrell, Angela Byrne-Geoghegan, Chrissie Walsh, Nellie Holden, Anna Creedon, Mary Brennan-Campion, Mary Brennan, Willie Joe Meally, Teresa Brennan, Anna May Treacy