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“Argi a”

Arigna Mining Experience
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Roscommon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Everything .. Just was amazing how people worked and survived in the terrible conditions the history was very informative and the people that is employed here are very nice well worth a visit ..

1  Thank 135jenny
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"ex miner"
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"our tour guide"
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"first hand"
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"well worth a visit"
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"coal mine"
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"great tour"
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"great insight"
in 21 reviews
"mining experience"
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"car park"
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"hard work"
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"coffee shop"
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"surrounding countryside"
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"answer any questions"
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"worth the trip"
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"unique experience"
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

My husband, 2 year old and I were staying locally in Drumshanbo and were looking for things to do, I had never heard of the Arigna mines, and was reluctant to go with a toddler, but said we would try it. It was a facinating tour that I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone in the area. Our tour guide was Peter, who had 40 years experience in the mines and the first hand account of the mines was incredibly interesting. We all loved it (apart from the very end when they turn out the lights, our toddler wasn't so keen on that!!). You learn so much, hear amazing stories and get a real sense of what it was like for the men who worked there. Peter was amazing, he was a fountain of knowledge, had some very funny stories and just made the tour so interesting. Even our toddler stayed quiet, he liked his "Bob the builder" hat! There is a lovely little coffee shop, which has beautiful home made breads, scones, cakes etc, the sandwiches looked amazing. When we went in the lady was making bread, you can see the care and attention to detail involved - the kids menu was lovely too, unlike so many places, no frozen chicken nuggets here!! Overall, it was fantastic, and a definate must-do tour if you are in the area!

1  Thank barbadosbride
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

On Sunday 04/08/2013 we took the mid day tour on this amazing journey. Our tour guide was an extremely friendly, courtous & very informative lovely gentleman who recalled his years working as a coal miner with great clarity. He captivated the group with his vivid account of the mining process from start to finish. Coal mining was not a career for the faint hearted we are extremely pleased our tour guide survived to tell the tale & will hopefully bring the history of the coal mines to visitors for many years to come.

Thank CullenLaoisIreland
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

My wife and I visited The Arigna Mining Experience on 06/09/2013.We enjoyed the wonderful scenery on our journey from Ballina to Arigna and had excellent views of the last working coal mine in Ireland.The admission price at ten euro per adult was most reasonable.Our guide was Jimmy who had worked in the mine for twenty five years.Our group donned our hairnets and hard hats for our mining trip.Jimmy informed us that mining had been carried out in Arigna for 400 years until 1990 when the last mines closed.We were brought into the mine shaft where we saw the narrow coal seams -14 to 18 inches-the tools the miners used to extract the coal. The extraction process was explained to us by Jimmy an ex miner.We learned about the IRON MAN and the harsh conditions under which the miners worked.However their pay was very high for the time -47 to 50 pounds per week in1975-.Many children of the area left National school at around 13 or 14 and started to work in the mine -generally with their fathers.The miners were paid on productivity.After our enjoyable and informative tour I had a delightful breakfast in the coffee shop.I highly recommend this tour.

Thank Dermot F
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Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

We had a local guide who gave us a first hand insight. Well laid out. Glorious little coffee shop for after the tour with amazing views. Would recommend a visit! Only €10 which we thought was excellent value for money.

Thank AMFUlster
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