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Recess  ~   Renvyle
 
 
An area of bogland, forest and lakes it is dominated by the quartzite peaks of the Twelve Bens. Its official name is in Irish, Sraith Salach, and translates as dirty stream.

Home of Connemara Marble.
Connemara green marble quarries are to be found on the lower slopes of the mountains. It is believed that green marble has been quarried in the region for perhaps 400 years.

Marble Monument at Recess County Galway
  
Barnanoraun (or Ballynahinch) quarry is estimated to hold about 1,5 million tons of marble. Only around 10,000 tonnes are extracted per year at present.
 
Connemara Marble County Galway Ireland The Precambrian stone is around 750 million years old, and it shows twisted and interlocking bands of serpentine in varying shades of green, sepia, cream and grey, interrupted by veins of crystalline calcite and dolomite.

Because of its mineralogical and physical properties, it is a lot more difficult than the average marble to cut.

 
Blocks of marble of up to 40 tonnes are diamond wire sawn from the quarry. When they have been cut to smaller sizes they either go to the tile line at Recess to be sawn into slabs.

The only other Connemara marble quarry currently operating, Streamstown quarry near Clifden was first opened around 1800 - 1810.

 

 

 
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