Monday, 23 June 2014 12:37

Phosphate Mine Ruin and church, Doolin(30 mins walk)

Of all the worked minerals in the Burren, the mining of the phosphate deposits at Doolin and at Noughaval (3.2 km north-east of Kilfenora) was the largest enterprise.

Some mining at Noughaval and Doolin was open cast, but the underground mine at Doolin was by far the biggest. During the Second World War when the embargoes prevented the importation of this fertiliser, these two seams were worked and approximately 115,000 tons were raised.