Bunatober Mill is a historic watermill that dates back to the 19th century. Bunatober Mill is located in the townland of Bunatober, which means “the low ground of the well” in Irish. The mill was built around 1840 and was used to grind corn and oats for the local farmers. The mill also had a sawmill and a forge, and was powered by a stream that flows from a nearby well.
The mill is an interesting example of the rural architecture and engineering of the time, as it features a stone-built structure with a slate roof, a large waterwheel, and a complex system of gears and belts. The mill also has a two-storey miller’s house attached to it, where the miller and his family lived and worked. The house has a traditional thatched roof and a fireplace, and contains some original furniture and tools.
The mill was in operation until the 1960s, when it was abandoned and fell into disrepair. Today, Bunatober Mill is not open to the public but can be seen from the roadside or with the owner’s permission.
Bunatober Mill is a fascinating place to discover the industrial heritage of Galway, and to appreciate the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the people who built and operated it. It is also a testament to the efforts of the local community to preserve and share their heritage with others.
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