The Clooneen Mill is a former water mill that dates back to the 18th century. The mill is located near the town of Dunmore, and it is one of the few surviving examples of industrial architecture in the area.

The mill was built around 1760 by the Burke family, who were prominent landowners and politicians in Galway. The mill was used for grinding corn and oats, and it was powered by a water wheel that drew water from the nearby River Clare. The mill was part of a larger complex that included a kiln, a barn, a forge, and a miller’s house.

The mill operated until the early 20th century, when it was abandoned and fell into decay. Today, the mill is in a derelict state, but it still retains some of its original features and character. The mill is a three-bay, three-storey building with rubble stone walls and a pitched slate roof. The east elevation has three openings on each floor, with segmental arches on the ground floor and square-headed windows on the upper floors. The south elevation has an attached three-storey building with a single-storey return to the rear. The west elevation has two openings on each floor, with a blocked doorway on the ground floor and square-headed windows on the upper floors. 

The mill is an important part of Galway’s industrial heritage, as it reflects the economic and social life of the rural communities in the 18th and 19th centuries. The mill also has an aesthetic value, as it adds to the scenic landscape.

The mill is not open to the public, but you can view it from the road or from a nearby bridge. The Clooneen Mill is a testament to the rich and diverse history of Galway, and it offers a glimpse into the past that can inspire us for the future.


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Clooneen Mill



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