Minerals excavated at Béal Átha Gabhann travel by train to Foynes where they are loaded on to ships bound for New Orleans and Houston.
The village of Silvermines in County Tipperary lies north of the Silvermine mountain range and takes its name from its extensive mines of silver, zinc, bauxite and lead.
Following the closure of the mines in 1961, many miners were forced to emigrate. However fortunes changed with the arrival of companies Magcobar (Ireland) Limited in 1963 and a second mining company Mogul of Ireland Limited in 1965.
Mogul extract lead and zinc from underground shafts and eventually plan to employ 500 people. It is estimated there is enough raw material to sustain extractions for another 25 years.
Approximately 25 people are employed to mine the high quality bauxite as most of the work can be done mechanically. Two Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) trucks are used to transport the raw bauxite, which is then transported by train to Foynes in County Limerick.
There is one daily train at 10am that carries 500 tonnes of minerals from Silvermines to Foynes Port. This will be increasing to two trains daily. Half a million tonnes of products are transported annually.
This episode of 'Féach' was broadcast on 25 February 1968. The reporter is Breandán Ó hEithir.