arigna mining experience

Monday, October 25, 2010

earlier this fall, my parents were visiting ireland and we went to the arigna mining experience in co. roscommon.

mining had been an integral part of the area for 400 years until the mines closed down in the 1990s, causing a big blow to the arigna community. the museum was opened in 2003 in an attempt to preserve the history of the mines and is well worth a visit.

there are two parts to the museum; an exhibition space housed in an architecturally interesting building and an underground tour which takes you into the mines. bring warm clothes, it is freezing down there..!

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