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MEP MacManus with Arigna Mining Experience manager, Valerie Stenson.

MEP MacManus with Arigna Mining Experience manager, Valerie Stenson.

MEP MacManus with Arigna Mining Experience manager, Valerie Stenson.

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MEP Chris MacManus has praised the Arigna Mining Experience and the key role that it has played in economic development and attracting tourism in the local area. He was speaking after meeting it’s manager Valerie Stenson, on a recent visit. MEP MacManus said: “I was delighted to visit Valerie and the team at the Arigna Mining Experience recently. It is a unique attraction, bringing to life the history of Ireland’s coal mining industry, and it is easy to see why it has become such a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.The coal mine closed in 1990 but a community inspired initiative resulted in the opening of the Arigna Mining Experience in 2003.”

The MEP commended the facility’s positive impact on tourism and the local economy. “Given that the local community, including many former miners, played a key role in the development of the mines into a tourist attraction it is great to see that it has brought enormous benefits to the local area in terms of tourism and economic development. It has provided a boost to employment in the local area with the employment of staff at the mine itself and also through spin-off benefits for other local businesses, particularly in the hospitality sector.”

“I want to thank Valerie and her team for having me at in Arigna and I wish them continued success.”

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