After leaving the Famine Grave (previous post) one passes through the old abandoned coal mine works on the way back to the road. The statue of Our Lady is above the now blocked up mine entrance. The men would always stop to say a prayer on their way into the mine. Coal mining finished in Arigna in 1990. There is a Miner’s Museum about a mile from the village where many of the ex-miners found employment as tour guides.
I love exploring these old abandoned places. One can imagine the activity that was carried on here in the not too distant past. How rapidly things can change and deriliction sets in.
Nuts and bolts still sit on the workbench. I wonder if the people that handled these are still living?
Coal from these hills was used to power the power station on the shores of Lough Allen about 7 miles away. That too is now gone.
Strong steel doors built to protect whatever valuables lay within…
now thrown open to the elements…rusted into their open position.
Illegible writing on the concrete roof of the old shed.
A place of work and activity where people once made good livings lies abandoned and derelict. Just a place of interest now to walkers and explorers like ourselves. How quickly things can change.There’s a lesson there I think!