Metal Links

Aims & Objectives

Metal Links will bring together communities from Ireland and Wales that share a common historical link through the exploitation of metal ore, with the core aims to:

  • Develop and promote joint socially inclusive opportunities for sustainable regeneration of former metal-mining communities through tourism as well as creating local awareness and pride of place;
  • Promote and encourage new cultural and educational links including exchanges and interaction based on mining, archaeology, geology and cultural heritage;
  • Share new ways of telling the ‘story’ of the mining areas and hinterlands with the view towards a unique tourism product contributing towards economic regeneration.

Former mining water & wind power sites will be identified that have future community potential.  Communities will be empowered to make use of innovative archaeological , historical & geological techniques that will increase the known archaeological resource & use pollen evidence that shows the carbon-sinks of peat bogs can extend the community story backwards over 6,000 years.

Pioneering e-trails, laser-scan surveys & interpretive animations feeding community narratives, are among the cultural tourism resources that will be made available on sustainable websites.  A Celtic Quad tourism trail & sustainable enterprises will be maintained beyond the project.

These aims would be achieved through the following objectives and outputs:

  • Visit the historical context of interaction between the mining communities; 
  • Promote cross-border initiatives in geological interpretation, archaeological survey and built heritage to use and promote assets through modern and sustainable digital techniques and the internet;
  • Develop and demonstrate joint modern scientific investigative resources such as paleo-botanical and geochemical sampling of peat deposits to present an interpretation of local environmental histories;
  • Evaluate historical water and wind power usage in these mining regions to explore opportunities for reusing existing potential for renewable assets;
  • Ascertain how UNESCO status - Geopark and World Heritage can be attained to promote tourism and used to regenerate local communities; 
  • Improve the awareness of the mining landscapes though the development and promotion of loop trails following old mining tracks, roads, railways & watercourse systems to develop culture & adventure tourism;
  • Establish links and cultural exchanges based on mining, archaeology, geology, commercial and cultural heritage;
  • Develop, implement and demonstrate best practice in presenting mining heritage - paperless information trails using ‘e-trails’.
Partner ERDF (€) Total Project Budget (€)
Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales LP 519,767 693,052
Copper Coast Geopark 131,540 176,000
Pentir Pumlumon 125,730 168,000
GeoMon - Anglesey Geopark 123,012 164,016
Wicklow County Council 86,106 119,739
Total 986,155 1,320,807

Counties in Ireland where the project is carried out:

Waterford, Wicklow

Counties in Wales where the project is carried out:

Ceredigion, Conwy, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey


Name Organisation Email Telephone
Geraldine Delaney - Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales, Plas Crug, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1NJ WALES