On Thursday 21st November Fifth and Sixth Year Leaving Certificate Engineering students visited the Arigna Mining Experience under the guidance of Mr Flood, a native of nearby Leitrim. Despite being a miserable day the students had a great time. They went, in two groups, a mile underground into the old mines to be shown the harsh realities of the working conditions: working in poor light, lying down in puddles of water, picking and shovelling at coal. They also experienced pitch blackness when the lights were switched off, as well as the sound effects of one of the explosions used to loosen the coal.
The guides were retired miners who answered all the questions that students had. Engineering students learned where some of the raw materials they use come from, the mining process and the harsh realities of work thirty years ago.
Following the mining experience students got the chance for a walk on the Shannon Boardwalk in Leitrim village with Mr Flood explaining the subtleties of the engineering work that allowed the boardwalk to float above the water. Finally the students enjoyed a break in Supermac’s in Carrick-on-Shannon before returning to Dublin.