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.
Places of interest
- Somme Heritage Centre
- Clandeboye Golf Club
- Assisi Animal Sanctuary
- Ark Farm(near the town of Conlig)
- Ex-Formula One racing driver Eddie Irvine was raised on the Green Road, which lies on the outskirts of Conlig Village.
- Viscount Pirrie, who replaced Edward Harland as Chairman of Harland and Wolff, was also raised in Conlig. Had he not become ill, he would have been on the Titanic's doomed maiden voyage.
- Former Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Ian Adamson OBE (born 1944) also grew up in Conlig, his family owned the village shop.
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- Habitas (Ulster Museum Sciences Division) web site: Whitespots summary
- Habitas (Ulster Museum Sciences Division) web site: Whitespots full report
- Environment & Heritage Service
- "Clandeboye Golf Club". Clandeboye Golf Club. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
- "Assisi Animal Sanctuary". Assisi Animal Sanctuary. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
- "The Ark Open Farm". The Ark Open Farm. Retrieved 20 August 2011.