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"Arigna Mining Experience" Sligo Things to Do Tip by Goner

Sligo Things to Do: 55 reviews and 123 photos

  Inside the Arigna Mine
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  • Inside the Arigna Mine - Sligo
      Inside the Arigna Mine
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  • View of Lough Allen from Arigna Mine - Sligo
      View of Lough Allen from Arigna Mine
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  • Entrance to Arigna Mine - Sligo
      Entrance to Arigna Mine
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  • Inside the Arigna Mine - Sligo
      Inside the Arigna Mine
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  • Coal Car in Arigna Mine - Sligo
      Coal Car in Arigna Mine
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The Arigna Mining Experience is you guessed it, a trip into a coal mine.
The Arigna was a working mine for 400 years and last working coal mine in Ireland until it closed in 1990. The mine sits above the most picturesque countryside and lake; the breathtaking scenery is worth a visit.

On the narrated tour you see the terrible working conditions of the miners The miner lays in a cramped workspace with water dripping on him all day and as there is no room for him to sit up he must roll from side-to-side as he’s chipping away at the coal. After he’s chipped enough coal, he then pushes it out into the main tunnel where it’s loaded onto coal cars. It seems nearly impossible when you’re actually see the size of the coal cars and are informed he must fill 21 of them on his eight to ten hour shift.

Not only grown men worked under these conditions but children were put to work here as soon as they were able as the family needed the income. Before you enter the mine, there are exhibits that take you through the history of the mine and of these enduring people.

Be prepared for a rather scary ending on the tour.

This particular coal mine may have been one my late ancestors worked in as they were coal diggers from this part of Ireland.

Since there were no organized tours of the Sligo area, we hired a driver at the local tourist office to drive us to the various places we wanted to see.

Address: Hills of North Roscommon
Directions: From Sligo take N4 towards Carrick-on-Shannon
Phone: 071 9646466

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  • Updated Nov 12, 2008
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