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The Arigna Mining Experience is a unique community-inspired initiative which records 400 years of mining history in the area.  Coal mining provided much needed work in a region of poor agricultural land.  Regular employment was uncommon in the province of Connaught in the 19th and 20th centuries, and it is often said; “There was money in Arigna when there was no money elsewhere”. The industry sustained the community of Arigna down through the centuries and helped them through the horrors of the famine years (1845 to 1852). The Arigna Mining Experience, opened in 2003, provides visitors with a unique insight into what coal mining life was like in the Arigna Valley, since its beginning in the 1700's until closure in 1990.

It ranks as the #1 thing to do in Roscommon on Tripadvisor.


Open year-round 10am to 6pm. Click here for information on tours and admission fees.

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Arigna, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon
071 96 46466
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