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village, townland
Conlig is located in the United Kingdom
Coordinates: 54°37′N 5°41′W / 54.617°N 5.683°W / 54.617; -5.683Coordinates: 54°37′N 5°41′W / 54.617°N 5.683°W / 54.617; -5.683
Conlig Presbyterian Church

Conlig (from Irish: Con Liag, meaning "stone of the hounds") is a village and townland about halfway between Bangor and Newtownards in County Down, Northern Ireland.


The area includes extant ancient copper mines. Weapons forged with the copper from this mine have been found across Europe, and was traded for tin from Cornwall during the Bronze Age. Copper mining in the area declined, though the site at Whitespots in the village subsequently became one of the most important sources for minerals in the United Kingdom during the 19th century. At this time, the mines were the largest such complex in Ireland, and produced around 13,500 tonnes of lead between the late 17th century until the end of the 19th century. Production stopped in 1900, after a decline from 1854.[1]

The area contains the only known occurrence of the mineral harmotome in Northern Ireland.[2]

Much of the area has been developed by the Department of Environment (DoE) as a country park, and the site can be accessed via the Somme Heritage Centre's car park. [2]

Whitespots has been designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) by the DoE in 1998.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Habitas (Ulster Museum Sciences Division) web site: Whitespots summary
  2. ^ a b c Habitas (Ulster Museum Sciences Division) web site: Whitespots full report
  3. ^ "Environment & Heritage Service". Archived from the original on 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  4. ^ "Clandeboye Golf Club". Clandeboye Golf Club. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Assisi Animal Sanctuary". Assisi Animal Sanctuary. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  6. ^ "The Ark Open Farm". The Ark Open Farm. Retrieved 20 August 2011.