Monday 26 September 2016

Meet the trailblazing Irish woman working long shifts Down Under to mine for gold

Daire Courtney

Published 21/09/2016 | 16:19

Elaine Hayde, a Kilkenny woman looking to strike gold in Australia.
Elaine Hayde, a Kilkenny woman looking to strike gold in Australia.

Elaine Hayde from Kilkenny is a mining geologist looking to strike gold in the barren desert east of Perth.

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Elaine studied geology at University College Cork. When she didn’t find opportunities at home, she decided to try to make it down under. She spends long shifts underground and has learned to hold her own in the male-dominated mining profession.

“I was trying to figure out what to do next. At university I met a recruitment agent from Australia for mining companies. I did a phone interview and then two days later they said ‘You’re on a plane next week!’”

Elaine is based at Goldfields mines, 600 kilometres east of Perth, and has to fly in and out for jobs.

“There’s red dirt everywhere and not a whole lot else. It’s pretty barren and isolated,” she says.

To see more of Elaine’s story, tune into RTÉ One for Making it Down Under at 8.30pm tonight.

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