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The Arigna Soviet

In 1923 as the Irish revolution came to an end, large parts of the North Roscommon town of Arigna lay in ruins. While war and revolution had swept across Ireland over the previous years few places shared Arigna’s unique experience. When workers occupied local coalmines demanding better working conditions this began years of intense and bitter conflict with the authorities.

This is the story of the Arigna Soviet

You can find Oisín Ó Drisceoil's essay on the Arigna Soviet in Labour HIstory in Irish History here.

Find out more about the Arigna Mining Experience at

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