Albuquerque to Arigna…Mallory moves into mining!

Hailing from just outside Albuquerque in New Mexico, Mallory McCampbell recently made the move to the Roscommon/Leitrim border and for the past few weeks has been the friendly face who greets visitors to the Arigna Mining Experience.

“It was family that brought me to the area…I’m married to an Irish man whose family lives out here,” she said.

“When I got here and got my visa sorted I started looking for jobs…my educational background is in Irish medieval history. I have a couple of Masters degrees in the history field so I was looking for something in that realm or in the heritage sector.

“I also wanted to engage with the public about any element of Irish history that I could. This is local and the area is great and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work in the local community.

“I love it here, it’s great. Before this I was living in Washington State but it’s definitely different to Albuquerque! (I’ve moved between) opposite climates, from desert to…wetlands,” she laughed.

“The winter was a little dark and the lack of light got to me for sure, but otherwise the area is really nice and everybody’s been great.

“Everyone here at the Arigna Mining Experience is wonderful too, and this is a really cool glimpse into a moment in Irish history”.