CASTLEGAR MILL

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Castlegar Mill is a historic windmill near the village of Moylough in Galway. Castlegar Mill dates back to around 1750, and it was used for grinding corn for the local community until the early 20th century, before falling into disrepair.

Castlegar Mill is located on a slight mound in a field, overlooking the surrounding countryside. It is a three-stage windmill, meaning that it has three levels: the ground floor, where the grain was stored and fed into the millstones; the first floor, where the millstones were located and driven by wooden gears; and the second floor, where the sails were attached to a rotating cap that could be turned to face the wind.

The windmill is now roofless, but its stone walls and wooden beams are still intact. You can see the openings for the windows and doors, as well as the holes for the wooden pegs that held the structure together. The windmill has a circular plan, with a diameter of about 6 meters and a height of about 9 meters. The walls are about 1 meter thick at the base, tapering to about 0.5 meters at the top.

Castlegar Mill is an important example of industrial heritage in Galway, as it shows how people used renewable energy sources to produce food and income. It also has social and cultural significance, as it was a gathering place for the local community, where they exchanged news and stories while waiting for their grain to be milled.

Castlegar Mill is not open to the public, but you can view it from a distance from the road or with the landowner’s permission. Castlegar Mill is a hidden gem in Galway, and a reminder of the rich and diverse history of this region.

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Castlegar Mill

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